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A new animal model of nerve injury has brought to light a critical role of an enzyme called Nmnat in nerve fiber maintenance and neuroprotection. Understanding biological pathways involved in maintaining healthy nerves and clearing away damaged ones may offer scientists targets for drugs to mitigate neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s and Parkinson’s, as well as aid in situations of acute nerve damage, such as spinal cord injury.

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 13:54

Researchers may have found a new way to treat pancreatic tumors, one of the deadliest and most drug-resistant forms of cancer. Injecting mice with a molecule that melts the tough structure around the tumor allowed a standard chemotherapy drug to better penetrate and destroy cancer cells. The strategy is already being tested in people.

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 11:37

Last week at the annual meeting of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) in Australia, researchers from the University of Queensland in Brisbane presented new research about personalized mice “avatars”—mice grafted with a patient’s tumor tissue and then tested with various drugs to identify the most effective treatment against that tumor.

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 12:20

The College of Veterinary Medicine is searching for the cure to cancer through research and treatment on animals. The Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC) epitomizes the concept that human and animal health are the same when making discoveries in advancement for treating cancer.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 16:02

The mouse hospital at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, boasts resources rivalling those offered to human patients, including state-of-the-art medical-imaging facilities, round-the- clock nursing staff and access to cutting-edge cancer drugs. The goal is not to cure mice, of course, but to gain insight into clinical trials of those drugs in humans.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 12:24

In research against superbugs, mice may be passé, but frogs are all the rage. University of Melbourne scientists are looking at synthetic antimicrobial skin secretions of the Australian greened-eyed and growling grass frogs to look for new ways to beat back antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 11:03

Researchers believe they have identified why a mutation in a particular gene can lead to obesity.

Monday, March 19, 2012 - 15:51

Researchers at the University of Colorado have found a cure for Type 1 Diabetes– in mice. The research team will determine if it could prevent the disease in humans as well.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 15:52

Is research with animals no longer necessary, as the activists believe? Can we rely exclusively on other methods to treat heart and lung disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and other conditions that threaten the lives of thousands of British Columbians? Should we simply make a quantum leap from computer models to human subjects? The truth is that research with animals is complex, expensive, and ethically challenging — but it is absolutely necessary to save lives and treat diseases. Computer models, cell cultures, and tissue samples are not an acceptable substitute for a complex living organism. We fundamentally disagree with those who believe we should experiment directly on human beings before determining whether potential treatments are effective in animals.

Monday, March 12, 2012 - 09:59

A newly developed, genetically modified pig may hold the keys to the development of improved treatments and possibly even a cure for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), the most common inherited retinal disease in the United States. The pig model was developed by researchers in the University of Louisville Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and at the National Swine Resource and Research Center at the University of Missouri.

Friday, March 9, 2012 - 11:07

Many medical studies involve laboratory animals, but when it comes to research on asthma, no creature provides a better model than the horse. Veterinarians at Virginia Tech believe our equine friends might help humans who struggle to breathe.

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 17:14

New research offers potential insight into the connection between cancer, obesity and longevity in humans by showing that genetically modified mice live longer, skinnier and almost cancer-free lives.

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 17:13

Dr. Zheng Xiaoxiang of the Brain-Computer Interface Research Team says that she has trained a monkey to control a robotic hand with its brain. What's especially interesting about this story is that scientists claim to have achieved a new level of fine motor control, allowing the monkey to articulate individual fingers, instead of using a "whole hand" approach, as we've seen previously. This is a vast improvement on previous models since the neuronal connections required for fine motor control are significantly more complicated.Just think about the improvements to quality of life that this kind of research can offer. Soon, it will no longer be the stuff of science fiction that people will wear robotic prosthetics

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 17:03

Scientists at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have developed a new mouse model for studying a childhood brain cancer called medulloblastoma. The animal model mimics the deadliest of four subtypes of human medulloblastoma, a tumor that is triggered by elevated levels of a gene known as Myc.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 16:02

After 10 years in development, a novel mouse population proves its mettle in complex trait research.

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 17:20

 New research in mice suggests that Alzheimer's disease triggers a protein that contributes to the breakdown of the brain's memory.

Friday, March 2, 2012 - 11:57

The quest for treatments for motor neurone disease, spinal cord injury and strokes could be helped by new research that shows how key cells are produced. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have been able to manipulate the production of motor neurones – which control all muscle activity – in zebrafish.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 11:06

Drug developers have long dreamed of discovering a tonic to trip up the aging process, hunting for genetic clues and compounds that could provide a fountain of youth. U.K. researchers say they have found a recipe for immortality--in flatworms. But the worm study might shine a light on ways to prolong human life too, investigators said.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 14:27

A male contraceptive pill tested in rats keeps sperm from developing in the testes while still allowing for a robust libido, researchers at the University of Kansas School of Medicine have discovered.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 14:17

This may not be news about embryonic stem cells, but it could end up being just as controversial. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and elsewhere have figured out how to harvest stem cells from a woman's ovaries and encourage them to morph into functional eggs, using human cells in a lab dish and separately, with mice.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 14:15