This week in animal research 181215

New microscope can record the first days of a mouse embryo's life

For the first time, scientists can observe the first two to three days of a mouse embryo's life, as it develops from a fertilised egg up to the stage when it would implant in its mother's uterus.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/embl-tpo121515.php

MERS virus vaccine trial

European scientists genetically modified a version of the smallpox vaccine to display Mers virus protein on its surface. The vaccine was able to protect camels - the animal reservoir for the virus - from developing Mers virus symptoms.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35123777

Badger Cull 'met target'

Nearly 1,500 badgers were killed this year as part of the government's badger cull, Defra has announced.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35121632

Toxic algal bloom kills sea lions

Sea lions on US west coast beaches that ingest domoic acid may face neurological problems that impair behavior and survival abilities.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/15/sea-lion-deaths-toxic-algae-bloom-domoic-acid-brain-damage

Dengue vaccine

The first vaccine for preventing the tropical disease dengue fever has been approved for use in Mexico. 

http://www.nature.com/news/the-week-in-science-11-17-december-2015-1.19025

Designer cells treat psoriasis

Engineered cells detect early biomarkers of a psoriasis flare-up in mice and release compounds to soothe or prevent the skin reaction.

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/44802/title/Next-Generation--Designer-Cells-Treat-Psoriasis/

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