News Archive

A recent study finds that a new compound reverses many of the major symptoms associated with Fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common form of inherited intellectual disability and a leading cause of autism. The paper, published by Cell Press in the April 12 issue of the journal Neuron, describes the exciting observation that the FXS correction can occur in adult mice, after the symptoms of the condition have already been established.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 16:08

Expanding on previous research providing proof-of-principle that human stem cells can be genetically engineered into HIV-fighting cells, a team of UCLA researchers have now demonstrated that these cells can actually attack HIV-infected cells in a living organism.

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 15:31

A potential new treatment for type 2 diabetes targets the hormone glucagon instead of insulin, according to a new study in mice.

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 17:10

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is now the sixth leading cause of death among Americans. There is currently no treatment that alters the course of this disease. However, an increasing amount of evidence suggests that changes in the way the body handles iron and other metals like copper and zinc may start years before the onset of AD symptoms. A study using rabbits shows that reducing iron levels in blood plasma may protect the brain from changes related to AD.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 16:14

Researchers rely on zebra fish for many kinds of cancer studies because their genomes and immune systems are similar in many ways to their human counterparts. A little genetic modification, and poof! They can easily mimic human cancers, explains Nikolaus Trede, a researcher at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 11:33

A GROUP of mice have returned to Earth after the longest mission any animal has endured in space. The mice were floating around for 91 days to test a way to prevent the breakdown of bone.

Monday, April 9, 2012 - 16:16

A drug developed by Baker IDI scientists could help treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a severe and progressive muscle wasting disease that affects young boys, according to a study published today in Nature.

Friday, April 6, 2012 - 14:10

Babies who are born small have a tendency to put on weight during childhood and adolescence if allowed free access to calories. However, an animal model study at UCLA found when small babies were placed on a diet of moderately regulated calories during infancy, the propensity of becoming obese decreased.

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 16:24

Research conducted by the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine could help owners of severely epileptic dogs predict, control and more effectively treat their pets’ seizures.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 16:07

New figures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show autism is on the rise, affecting one in 88 children born. It’s a growing health problem. Scientists in San Antonio are using an animal model to help find answers to this mysterious condition.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 15:03

Those with type II diabetes are at two to three times the risk of developing primary liver cancer. But new research from the University of Maryland shows that a common drug many patients already take may prevent the cancer. Studies on animals show that the diabetes drug metformin may help prevent liver tumors from growing.

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 16:17

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