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1 January 1970

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A new animal model for late-stage multiple sclerosis

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/

Can you give a brain organoid Alzheimer’s?

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/

What does it mean to genetically modify an animal

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/

Researching new antidepressants with swimming mice

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/

Endometriosis: a painful lack of research

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/

How effective is the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine?

How does the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine work?  The AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine is a viral vector vaccine. This means that the vaccine doesn’t contain the SARS-CoV-2… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/how-effective-is-the-astrazenecaoxford-vaccine/

RNA vaccines: a new tool against COVID-19

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/

The secret lives of mice: using the public to research mouse behaviour

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/

Study in mice shows that allergies can be passed on to offspring

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/

Factsheet on the forced swim test

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/

‘Young’ microbiota can reverse ageing of the immune system and boost vaccines

‘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/

Childbirth: Why some women experience less pain than others

Why do some women experience so much more pain in childbirth than others? Is it really true, or do differences in cultural norms and personality give a false impression? Recent… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/childbirth-why-some-women-experience-less-pain-than-others/

Backup livers grown in pigs

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/

How social isolation affects your body

How social isolation affects your body Could post-covid-19 social isolation really be affecting us that much? Mouse studies have shown that being cut off from others can cause… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/how-social-isolation-affects-your-body/

What mice studies can tell us about the effect of anxiety on sleep

Anxiety affects sleep patterns in mice and might explain why we are sleeping less well under lock down Sleeping less well these days? Don’t be surprised, the COVID-19 linked… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/anxiety-and-sleep/

How sickle cell protects against Malaria

How sickle cell protects against Malaria    Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects millions of people around the globe and is the 4th leading cause of deaths in children in many… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/how-sickle-cell-protects-against-malaria-a-sticky-connection/

Advances in 3R’s

It is hard to do justice to six hours of presentations in a few hundred words so this is a subjective choice from a recent interesting and intense day of reporting on advances in the 3R’s at Oxford University.
Advances in 3R’s - some highlights from the recent Oxford 3R’s Research Day It is hard to do justice to six hours of presentations in a few hundred words so this is a subjective… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/animal-welfare-alternatives/advances-in-3rs/

Why we need female mice in drug trials

Using mainly male mice in drug trials can be problem for women health.
Where are the female mice?   The female presence in labs is completely under-represented, and I'm not talking about humans here, but mice. The most used animal model in… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/why-we-need-female-mice-in-drug-trials/

Ten years of research with mice

Some highlights from a decade of research with mice
10 years of research in mice Understanding Animal Research turned ten this year. During those ten years mice have been the main research animal helping man understand… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/ten-years-of-research-with-mice/

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Films of women in science
On 11 February, the United Nations, partners worldwide, women and girls will mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Why does it matter? Joint statement In a… https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/international-day-of-women-and-girls-in-science/

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