Research & medical benefits
Protein culprit in Huntington's disease
Why does Huntington's disease lead to the death of brain cells, whilst causing negligible damage to cells elsewhere in the body?
Nanoparticles seek out plaques in arteries
Researchers have designed small particles - ‘nanoparticles' - that are able to selectively bind to plaques in arteries.
Effect of breast cancer gene reversed
Scientists have identified a gene implicated in up to one fifth of breast cancers. The good news is that studies in mice seem to show a commonly-used blood pressure drug appears to reverse the effects of the gene.
Pig cells transplant potential
Scientists have found a way to turn adult cells from pigs into any tissue in the body.
Japanese scientists produce fluorescing marmosets
Transgenic mice have been used in research for the last 20 years, and have made significant contributions to biomedical research.
Cold virus fights cancer selectively
Scientists have managed to modify the cold virus so that it only targets and damages cancerous cells.
Scientists link tumours to depression
Studies using rats have linked chemicals released by tumours with depression.
Stem cell development dependent on blood flow
Two studies have indicated that it is the physical force of a heart beat which triggers blood stem cells to produce new blood cells.
Mechanism behind thalidomide's toxicity
Scientists believe they have pinpointed why thalidomide causes birth defects when given to pregnant women.
Mechanism behind blood clots
Scientists using mice believe they have identified the mechanism which determines whether fatty deposits in the arteries are harmless or potentially fatal.
Treatment 'reverses' Alzheimer's in mice
A team of scientists studying mice has pinpointed a gene involved in memory impairment, such as that seen in Alzheimer’s disease.
Cause of recurrent seizures revealed
Researchers studying mice have shown that an increase in excitability in calcium channels in the brain could explain recurrent seizures.
Flaky tail mouse mimics eczema
Scientists have discovered a mouse which carries the genetic mutation responsible for increased susceptibility to eczema, and eczema-related asthma.
New method for HIV vaccination?
Scientists have developed a possible way to immunise animals against HIV using the common cold virus.
Long-acting non-toxic local anaesthetic
Researchers have developed a single injection that is capable of producing long-term local anaesthesia in rats.
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