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Pig to human heart transplants: how did we get here?

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

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

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/

100 years of diabetes research

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/

COVID-19 research must go on

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

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 on: the history of the thalidomide tragedy

Sixty years ago (2 December 1961) the sedative drug thalidomide was withdrawn from use in the UK.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

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/

Ten times Dr Ray Greek misled Ricky Gervais about animal testing

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 at the heart of regeneration therapy

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/

Do fish feel pain?

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/

Fighting the world's most deadly animal: the mosquito

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

 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/

Zero carbon labs

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/

UAR social media house rules

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 factsheet

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/

How to care for naked mole-rats

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/

2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Discovering how we feel heat and touch

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. The… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/2021-nobel-prize-in-medicine-for-discovering-how-humans-feel-warmth-and-touch/

Depression and magic mushrooms: could synthetic psilocybin cure untreatable depression?

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/

Why use naked mole-rats in cancer research?

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/

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