1 January 1970
Posted by: Richard Tidmarsh
On 7 January 2022, for the first time ever, a pig heart was transplanted into a human.
With over 10,000 people in the UK currently in need of a new organ, this operation… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/how-did-we-get-to-pig-hearts-in-humans/
Vlogging about animal research
Openness is essential in the animal research sector to promote and retain public trust in our work. Agenda Life Sciences’ approach to openness… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/vlogging-about-animal-research/
UAR’s animal research highlights of 2021
As the year comes to an end, UAR would like to take the time to highlight key animal research stories that helped improve the… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/uars-animal-research-highlights-of-2021/
2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, the world's first life-saving treatment for diabetes. It transformed patient care forever.
Before the discovery of… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/100-years-of-diabetes-research/
It’s been one year. One year since the first vaccine against COVID-19 began to be rolled out in the UK and one year since we’ve begun to have a protection against COVID-19.… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/covid-19-research-must-go-on/
Openness Awards and Paget Lecture 2021
On Monday, 6 December 2021, UAR hosted the eight annual Openness Awards and 84th Stephen Paget Memorial Lecture at the Royal… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/openness-awards-and-paget-lecture-2021/
Sixty years ago (2 December 1961) the sedative drug thalidomide was withdrawn from use in the UK. After being on the market for five years as a treatment for morning sickness in… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/sixty-years-on-the-history-of-the-thalidomide-tragedy/
Introducing the 2021 Paget lecturer, Professor Clare Stanford
Clare Stanford is a born physicist that became a biologist. Bringing together the best of both worlds, she played… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/2021-paget-lecturer-prof-clare-stanford/
Top 10 times Dr Ray Greek misled Ricky Gervais in the film ‘Black, White and Vivisection’.
A film ‘Black, White and Vivisection’ features Ricky Gervais in conversation with… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/ten-times-dr-ray-greek-misled-ricky-gervais-on-animal-testing/
Zebrafish have the most amazing superpower: they are masters of regeneration. Simply put, they can repair and rebuild tissue lost to injury or disease.
This even means that… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/zebrafish-at-the-heart-of-regeneration-therapy/
For a long time, fish were thought incapable of feeling pain. The common belief was that the biology of a fish was far too simple to process pain. Indeed, fish brains don’t seem… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/do-fish-feel-pain/
It’s not lions, tigers, bears or even snakes that cause the most deaths from animals worldwide, but the tiny mosquito. This annoying, biting, long-legged insect is not just a… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/fighting-the-worlds-most-deadly-animal-the-mosquito/
Procedures carried out on animals in Northern Ireland, 2020
22,707 procedures carried out in Northern Ireland in 2020
Total procedures down 19.4% from 2019… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/procedures-carried-out-on-animals-in-northern-ireland-2020/
During an interview, Prof. Dame Sarah Gilbert was asked, “What do your team usually ask you for?”
I anticipated, some time off? a raise? “More fridges” was the dry reply.… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/zero-carbon-labs/
Our social media house rules
We want to make Understanding Animal Research’s social media channels a positive and informative experience for everyone who interacts with them.… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/about-us/uar-social-media-house-rules/
Antibodies are part of our immune systems and also the immune systems of a wide variety of animals like mammals and fish. They are produced in response to foreign invaders into… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/antibodies-factsheet/
Cold-blooded, dominated by a single queen, tricky!
Naked mole-rats can live for more than 30 years. One reason is that they almost never die from cancer. They are warm as they live underground in Africa, so warm they are… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/resources/video-library/how-to-care-for-naked-mole-rats/
American scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won the 2021 Nobel Prize for Medicine for the discovery of receptors in the skin that sense temperature and touch.
Synthetic psilocybin in phase IIb trials for treatment-resistant depression
‘Magic’ mushrooms containing psilocybin have been used on a small scale recreationally for decades,… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/depression-and-magic-mushrooms-could-synthetic-psilocybin-cure-untreatable-depression/
The larger the mammal, the longer it lives. Elephants live longer than mice. According to this theory naked mole-rats should live for two or three years. They can actually… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/resources/video-library/why-use-naked-mole-rats-in-cancer-research/