1 January 1970
Posted by: Richard Tidmarsh
An extraordinary number of living creatures, from bacteria to insects to sharks and birds, are capable of lighting up and glowing in the dark.
This biofluorescence occurs when… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/biofluorescence-mammals-that-glow-in-the-dark/
Cattle (Bos taurus) belong to the family bovidae (bovine) and are one of the most commonly domesticated farm animals. They are large animals that weigh up to 1,800 kg and be… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/what-is-animal-research/a-z-animals/cattle/
Christmas can be a stressful time to be a reindeer at the best of times but Rudolph and the gang may have something a little more sinister to worry about this time around.
UAR Openness Awards 2020
On Monday 7 December 2020 Understanding Animal Research hosted the 7th Annual Openness Awards. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ceremony was… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/2020-openness-awards/
Leaders in Openness 2020 – 2023
Understanding Animal Research is delighted to announce that the University of Edinburgh has become a Leader in Openness for 2020 – 2023. … https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/leaders-in-openness-2020-2023/
Marine mammals, such as whales, dolphins and seals are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, so scientists worry our sewage could cause a new animal reservoir for the virus. Transmission of… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/animal-welfare-alternatives/covid-19-from-your-toilet-to-the-sea-will-your-waste-kill-seals-and-whales/
“We need to develop surveillance strategies to ensure we don’t get taken by surprise by a large outbreak in animals, which could pose a threat not just to animal health but to… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/watch-out-for-diseases-that-can-jump-from-animal-to-man/
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/
Procedures carried out on animals in Northern Ireland, 2019
28,171 procedures carried out in Northern Ireland in 2019
Total procedures down 2.15% from 2018… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/procedures-carried-out-on-animals-in-northern-ireland-2019/
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/
The Pirbright Institute specialises in the research and diagnosis of livestock viral diseases and viruses that spread from animals to humans.
The Institute is part of an… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/how-virus-tracking-can-help-us-prevent-future-pandemics/
On average, when it comes to species, the larger you are, the longer you live. Based on that principle, naked mole rats should only live three to five years. But the oldest… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/the-secrets-of-the-naked-mole-rats/
Animal research and COVID-19
By Professor Clive Page
The fight against COVID-19 has presented scientists with many unique challenges. Not least among these has been the… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/animal-research-and-covid-19/
All-Party Parliamentary Group seeks to gatekeep the meaning of 'human relevant'
What’s an APPG?
An All Party Parliamentary Group is a semi-formal Parliamentary group devoted to a subject, like a country, a medical condition, an issue, an interest or a… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/policy-issues/appg-on-human-relevant-science/
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/
Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna were awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry “for the development of a method for genome editing”
Emmanuelle Charpentier and… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/2020-nobel-prize-for-chemistry-for-the-development-of-a-method-for-genome-editing/
The 2020 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to three scientists who made a decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis, a major global health problem, by… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/2020-nobel-prize-in-physiology-or-medicine-awarded-for-discovery-of-hepatitis-c-virus/
‘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/