News Archive

A great video displaying how nanobots are being used to fight cancer and minimize the effects of chemotherapy. Mice play a vital role in this research, with successful trials researchers hope soon to begin human trials.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 13:00

Americans for Medical Progress extends its congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser. They are recognized for their groundbreaking discoveries of nerve cells in the brain that enable a sense of place and navigation. This research, conducted with rats and mice in its early stages, “radically altered our understanding of how mental functions are represented in the brain and how the brain can compute complex cognitive functions and behavior,” the Nobel Assembly said in announcing the award.

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 12:28

Tests shows Ebola treatment, Zmapp, rescued 100% of macaque monkeys providing treatment was given up to 5-days “post-challenge”. This gives new hope for treatment -- thus far the Ebola outbreak has been limited to palliative care and barrier methods to prevent transmission.

“ZMapp exceeds the efficacy of any other therapeutics described so far, and results warrant further development of this cocktail for clinical use."

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 11:54

Mice play a crucial role for a San Antonio scientist who shares research in Ebola virus cure. He believes his team is on the verge of finding that cure. 

"We're at the moment where we just want to perfect," said Davey. "How to dose, how much drug to use, how many times a day sort of thing. That's more exciting. Because we're getting very very close to having that problem solved."

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 16:07

With the help of laboratory mice, scientists have developed a new way to deliver vaccines that successfully stifled tumor growth. The new discovery of "Stealth" nanoparticles could improve cancer vaccines.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 15:16

Scientists have discovered how to control the limbs of a completely paralyzed rat in real time to help it walk again. With clinical trials that could start as early as next summer, this new breakthrough could one day be implemented in rehabilitation programs for people with spinal cord injury.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 15:57

The goal to develop a customized treatment for each patient’s form of cancer may be possible with the help of new mouse models. Leading us one step closer in the search for cures for cancer.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 09:14

Time for a change? A Scientist’s View of Public Interests in Animal Research and Welfare:

"Decisions about animal research have consequences at societal and individual levels. As a result, serious consideration of the facts, inherent moral dilemmas, and future of animal research should extend far beyond the research community. "

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:56

Researchers have identified a pathological process that takes place in both mice and humans towards one of the most common diseases, type 2 diabetes. This makes scientists one more step towards improving the diagnosis and treatment.

"It is very exciting to see that we can now translate research results from one species to another. To me, a new age for biology, and soon medicine, has just begun," Auwerx concluded.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 09:19

AMP had a great time exhibiting at the 39th NCAB AALAS Seminar last week! A big thank you goes out to everyone who stopped by our booth- it was wonderful meeting you all!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:30

Humans, flies and worms may have more in common than you think! Researchers have recently discovered that they all have a number of genomic processes in common. This may lead to unique insights into vital biological processes and a better understanding of human biology and disease.

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 14:36

Mice help researchers explore how the information flow in the brain is centrally regulated for sleep and wakefulness. This may lead to a better understanding of what underlies neuropsychiatric disorders.

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 13:10

Mice models assist researchers reveal that mesenchymal stem cells help rejuvenate skeletal muscle after resistance exercise. These findings may lead to new techniques to combat age related declines in muscle structure and function.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 13:19

With the help of pigs, scientists have created a biological pacemaker that can regulate heartbeats by gene therapy. This may lead to an alternative to electronic pacemakers which require surgery to install and carry the risk of infection.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 14:53

Transplantation of healthy new brain cells reverses learning and memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease in aged mice model. Researchers were also able to improve cognition to normal levels in the mice.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 16:18

With the help of mice, researchers have discovered that glioblastoma cells disrupt the brain’s protective barrier. This discovery may lead to potential new therapies to treat glioblastoma, which is a very aggressive and difficult type of brain tumor to treat.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 15:41

Defending Animal Research- AMP Director David Jentsch speaks about the necessity of animal research for medical progress in this interview for the American Psychological Association magazine.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 12:44

Rats play an essential role in a groundbreaking study that would allow world-wide allocation of donor organs. Researchers have developed a new technique that will increase the time human organs could remain viable outside of the body.

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 17:40

Stand and Deliver – AMP Chair Cindy Buckmaster outlines the main points of her 2014 Charles River Short Course keynote on why it’s important for the lab animal science community to engage the public about the necessity of animal research.

See her full “Stop Hiding and Change the World” presentation at

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 11:27

Scientists have revealed that a stem cell treatment that is commonly used on injured horses could help humans battling Achilles Tendinopathy, a crippling tendon disease. Scientists hope this may lead to a new non-surgical treatment within the next 3-5 years.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 15:16