1 January 1970
Posted by: Richard Tidmarsh
Your immune system normally protects you against outside attack by fighting off infections, but sometimes it attacks the body instead. Immune system cells can attack nerves, more… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/a-new-animal-model-for-late-stage-multiple-sclerosis/
What exactly is a culture of care?
(And why is it important for animal welfare?)
Culture of Care is not a new term, but over the last 10 years it has been used… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/animal-welfare-alternatives/what-exactly-is-a-culture-of-care-and-why-is-it-important-for-animal-welfare/
Someone in the world develops dementia every three seconds. Over 50 million people worldwide were living with the disease in 2020, and the numbers are predicted to double every 20… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/can-you-give-a-brain-organoid-alzheimers/
Animals have been selectively bred for genetic changes for centuries, through selective breeding to make cattle fatter, sheep woollier, dogs more docile and so on. But when we… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/what-does-it-mean-to-genetically-modify-an-animal/
Depression is a debilitating and, typically, a chronic disease that affects about 264 million people, worldwide. It is a real illness that is a major cause of premature death… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/researching-new-antidepressants-with-swimming-mice/
Every month, millions of women suffer discomfort or pain caused by their period. Many have experienced dismissal or diminishment of even incapacitating pain by a male-dominated… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/studying-endometriosis-with-mice/
Cancer avatars: the future for personalised medicine?
There are almost as many cancers as there are patients. Not only can different organs be affected (brain, breast,… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/cancer-avatars-the-future-for-personalised-medicine/
Over the years, vaccines have saved millions of lives. They helped stave off mumps, block polio, push back diphtheria, eradicate smallpox. The practice of immunisation dates back… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/rna-vaccines-a-new-tool-against-covid-19/
Bacterial disease has plagued human life for as long as we have existed. Millions were, and still are, killed by these pathogens. For a long time, humans were helpless against… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/antibiotic-resistance-superbugs-that-kill/
Mice are a prey species so they try to hide any weakness from a potential predator. From a mouses point of view, this could be the lab staff caring for them. So how do they… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/animal-welfare-alternatives/the-secret-lives-of-mice/
Allergies are the most common chronic disease in Europe. More that 150 million Europeans struggle with allergic conditions. The numbers are increasing and it is predicted that by… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/allergies-passed-on-from-mother-mice-to-offspring/
Animal studies have shown that environmental factors such as pollution, stress, malnutrition or infections can change the immune system of not only individuals also their… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/covid-19-may-affect-sperm-and-future-generations/
Tickling rats is serious science. UAR talked to Emma Robinson, Professor of Psychopharmacology at the University of Bristol, whose work with giggling rats has established a… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/animal-welfare-alternatives/why-are-scientists-tickling-rats/
Factsheet on the forced swim test
Recently, many questions have been asked about the use of the forced swim test (also known as the FST or Porsolt Swim Test) in research into… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/factsheet-on-the-forced-swim-test/
FBI: the bureau for fish welfare
In the fish world, FBI has a whole other meaning. It stands for Fish Behaviour Index, an automated intelligent monitoring system that… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/animal-welfare-alternatives/fbi-the-bureau-for-fish-welfare/
‘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/
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/