1 January 1970
Posted by: Richard Tidmarsh
‘Young’ microbiota can reverse ageing of the immune system and boost vaccines
Every human being is home to trillions of microbes that are collectively known as the microbiota.… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/young-microbiota-can-reverse-ageing-of-the-immune-system-and-boost-vaccines/
Could a drug for cat coronavirus cure COVID-19?
Cats, as we all know, have nine lives, but with recent breakthroughs in the understanding of feline coronavirus, perhaps they… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/could-a-drug-for-cat-coronavirus-cure-covid-19/
Imagine having a backup liver you could grow when your own is damaged by disease. This vision could become a reality after scientists manage to grow new liver tissue in the lymph… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/backup-livers-grown-in-pigs/
Free eLearning resource on blinding in animal experiments
A new free eLearning resource designed by the British Pharmacological Society (BPS), primarily designed for… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/free-elearning-resource-on-blinding-in-animal-experiments/
Did you know elephants can get herpes and die from it?
Herpesviruses are a very broad family which can infect a wide range of animals, and Asian elephants are one of them. But… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/did-you-know-elephants-can-get-herpes-and-die-from-it/
As genetic engineering of animals is becoming easier and cheaper, so is the production of drugs. Transgenic animals made to produce drugs in their milk could bring expensive… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/the-milky-way-of-medicine-want-a-cup-of-drugs/
How organoids are bringing the study of bats to the lab
The absence of an in vitro model for the study of bat viruses has hindered the battle against potential emerging… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/how-organoids-are-bringing-the-study-of-bats-to-the-lab/
As the media stories around coronavirus mention, time and again, the animal models being used alongside other methods in numerous areas of Covid-19 research, it was at first… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/covid-research-exposes-activists-lack-of-evidence/
The emergence of the novel human coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) has caused a worldwide pandemic. There are few therapeutic solutions so there is a real need to find a way to… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/could-llama-antibodies-treat-viruses-like-covid-19/
Survey shows high public acceptance of animal research to find treatments for COVID-19
The UK public overwhelmingly supports the bioscientific community in their work to develop… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/survey-shows-high-public-acceptance-of-animal-research-to-find-treatments-for-covid-19/
Can we fight COVID-19 without animal research?
As clinical trials for drugs and vaccines to fight the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus start ramping up, speed of discovery and… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/can-we-fight-covid-19-without-animal-testing/
The impact of celebrities on public perceptions of animal research
Twitter is bringing us closer to celebrities. Who would have thought two decades ago that you could follow the… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/the-impact-of-celebrities-on-public-perceptions-of-animal-research/
Why do possible drugs fail to make it to the chemist?
The fact that many possible drug compounds fail to make it to market has long been twisted by animal rights activists to suggest that this is in some way the fault of animal… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/staff-blog/why-do-so-many-promising-compounds-never-become-drugs/
Chris Magee considers the use of animals' reactions to drugs to gauge the probability of human harm, with data from an unexpected source.
Of the many, various, manifold misconceptions manufactured by anti-research activists, one of the toughest nuts to crack is that of animals being ineffective models for human… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/staff-blog/understanding-drug-prediction/
A dozen animal research stories from 2016
2016 - a year in animal research
2016 was the year when Zika came to our attention and UAR Science Writer Mia Rozenbaum wrote about the use of animals in Zika research… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/2016-a-year-in-animal-research/
Film for politics.co.uk
Dispelling myths around animal research
Making sense of animal research in the UK - a policy-maker's guide
UAR commissioned an animation with politics.co.uk to explain… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/video-of-the-week/dispelling-myths-around-animal-research/
A short history of heart pacemakers – one of the top ten medical inventions
Pacemakers – one of the top ten medical inventions?
In 1958, Arne Larsson in Sweden became the first patient to depend on an artificial cardiac pacemaker. He died in 2001 at… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/top-ten-medical-inventions-pacemakers/
Why Testing on Prisoners is a Bad Idea
I recently wrote an article for Huffington Post UK on why we should support the new dog breeding facility to be built in Yorkshire. Like… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/why-testing-on-prisoners-is-a-bad-idea/
The best bits
Behavioural researchers are looking at the memory abilities of horses. Researchers hid carrots under a bucket and forced horses to wait 10 seconds before retrieving… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/this-week-in-animal-research-130315/
The MRC breeds macaques, some are used to understand nerve repair.
Macaques are non-human primates. They are used in medical research because many of their body systems — such as their immune and nervous systems — are similar to humans,… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/video-of-the-week/videos-of-the-week-mrc-research-with-macaques/