News Archive

A group of Kansas State University researchers has made valuable findings in the search for cancer's cure.  While researching ways to improve animal health, the scientists -- Raymond "Bob" Rowland, a virologist and professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, and Deryl Troyer, professor of anatomy and physiology -- have made two important discoveries that can also improve human health. Not only have they found pigs with severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID, but they are also the first to discover the connection with human cancer, particularly melanomas and pancreatic cancers.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 15:39

Blind mice had their vision restored with a device that helped diseased retinas send signals to the brain, according to a study that may lead to new prosthetic technology for millions of sight-impaired people.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 14:43

Singing mice (scotinomys teguina) are not your average lab rats. Their fur is tawny brown instead of the common white albino strain; they hail from the tropical cloud forests in the mountains of Costa Rica; and, as their name hints, they use song to communicate.

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 15:38

Scientists have used nanotechnology materials to repair vital tissues damaged by heart attacks in animals, suggesting a new way to treat the same ailment in people.

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 15:58

By studying captive chimpanzees scientists are making progress towards an Ebola vaccine that they hope to test in wild apes and ultimately use to protect apes and humans from this disease.

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 15:35

A study published in the online journal Hepatology reports a potential new NADPH oxidase (NOX) inhibitor therapy for liver fibrosis, a scarring process associated with chronic liver disease that can lead to loss of liver function.

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 16:22

This week Autism Speaks announced that it initiated and is funding the development of new genetically modified rat models of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). My team at Baylor College of Medicine will help characterize these models in close partnership with the science staff at Autism Speaks and SAGE Labs. These models will provide autism researchers with important new tools for understanding the underlying biology of ASD and testing experimental medicines. Indeed, they will be among the first rat models made widely available to the field of autism research.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 14:00

A molecule widely assailed as the chief culprit in Alzheimer’s disease unexpectedly reverses paralysis and inflammation in several distinct animal models of a different disorder — multiple sclerosis, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have found.

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 15:22

Using mutant zebra fish, researchers studying the earliest formation of cartilage of the mouth believe they may have gotten a look at a mechanism involved in a genetic defect linked to Fraser syndrome deafness in humans.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 15:47

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety of transplanting human Schwann cells to treat patients with paralysis. It is the first such trial in the world. In studies done in rats and mice, pigs and in primates, about 70 percent of function and movement was restored to the fully paralyzed animals.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 15:25

Using animal models researchers at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center have identified a compound that could interrupt the chain of events that cause damage to the retina in diabetic retinopathy.

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 15:57

A team of Boston scientists has for the first time altered the brain activity and behavior of monkeys with what sounds like science fiction -- blue flashes of light that directly activate brain cells.

Friday, July 27, 2012 - 12:43

Rodney Johnson and his collaborators have developed an alternative model -piglets - for studying infant brain development.

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 14:45

An NIH video shows how the zebrafish, Danio rerio, is a valuable resource for scientists trying to understand the intricate process by which a fertilized egg develops into a fully formed individual, and the numerous diseases and conditions that can result when even a tiny part of the process goes wrong.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 10:05

Mice appear to have a specialized system for detecting and at least initially processing instinctually important smells such as those that denote predators. The finding raises a question about whether their response to those smells is hardwired.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 15:51

Researchers have designed a bioengineered jellyfish that can swim, an early step in scientists' quest for a way to make fresh tissue for patients with damaged hearts.

Monday, July 23, 2012 - 08:57

Whether a tree branch or a computer mouse is the target, reaching for objects is fundamental primate behaviour. To find out what goes on in the brain when we reach for things, biomedical engineers Daniel Moran and Thomas Pearce at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, trained two rhesus macaques to participate in a series of exercises. When the monkeys reached for items, electrodes measured the activity of neurons in their dorsal premotor cortex, a region of the brain that is involved in the perception of movement.

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 15:34

Scientists who created mice with elements of the human immune system believe the rodents will further efforts to develop a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 14:14

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have uncovered one of the mechanisms  by which aging may compromise the ability of the immune system to fight infections and respond to vaccines. The study, conducted in aging mice, shows that administering antioxidants may help reverse this loss of immune function. The findings were published online this month in the journal Cell Reports.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 15:27

The researchers call her Rosie II—the large, furry spider in their laboratory terrarium. She has a silvery coat, eight hairy legs and a blush-tinged carapace. When she stretches out, she covers the surface of a human palm. The critter was a mascot of sorts for his research team, which was investigating the effect of venoms on important cellular structures called mechanosensitive ion channels.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 15:44