News Archive

Researchers have been able to shed light on an important neural circuitry involved in the prey capture behavior exhibited by young zebrafish.

"Up until now, scientists could not explain how and where the brain recognises and classifies an object and initiates the corresponding movement pattern."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:45

New study on obesity shows how immune cells in the brain respond to fat in diet, causing mice to eat

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:58

A mouse model plays a vital role in this important study for Parkinson's disease!

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 13:55

With the help of rats, scientists discover a supplement that could reduce heart disease risk in people of low birth weight.

"Our study has answered a question that has puzzled doctors for some time now – why children of low birth weight who grow quickly are prone to heart disease in later life." Susan Ozanne

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:57

A new technique provides unprecedentedly detailed images of mouse neurons. This increased resolution means scientists can see structures that were beyond reach!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:55

Thanks to rats, scientists have discovered a barrier-breaking drug that may lead to spinal cord injury treatments. These results demonstrate how fundamental laboratory research is to finding new therapies

“We’re very excited at the possibility that millions of people could, one day, regain movements lost during spinal cord injuries,” said Jerry Silver, Ph.D., professor of neurosciences

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 17:06

The cellular origin of fibrosis has been identified in mice by researchers. These findings may help lead to future therapies and treatments.

Fibrotic diseases includes chronic kidney disease and failure, lung disease, heart failure and cirrhosis of the liver, are estimated to be responsible for up to 45 percent of deaths in the developed world.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 16:41

With the help of mice, researchers have discovered that blocking blood-brain barrier proteins may improve ALS drugs’ effectiveness. Researchers share that the animals experienced improved muscle function, longer survival and slower disease progression.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 10:43

Thanks to mice, new treatments for human brain diseases like Alzheimer's may be on the horizon.

"...We may eventually be able to adjust memory formation and retrieval, thus improving the quality of life of people suffering from brain diseases.”

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 14:42

"We're excited by this study because of the fact that it's about better ways to treat cats and it may go on to help people as well. That's sort of a nice double hit against cancer that way." says Woods

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 11:11

For the first time, researchers have developed the first genetic strain of mice that can be infected with Ebola while displaying the same symptoms that humans experience.

"You can't look for a cure for Ebola unless you have an animal model that mimics the Ebola virus disease spectra," said study co-author Ralph Baric in a press release.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 17:11

Thanks to a newly developed mouse model, researchers suggests that genetic factors are behind the mild-to-deadly range of reactions to the Ebola virus.

"We hope that medical researchers will be able to rapidly apply these findings to candidate therapeutics and vaccines."

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 09:58

Thanks to mice, a new way of genome editing could cure hemophilia that may be safer and longer lasting than older method.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 16:41

Scientists have restored hearing in a noise-deafened mice by activating a protein to repair connections in the inner ear. One day this may be used to treat patients with hearing loss, a very common problem many people face.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:14

Fat mice help researchers discover a class of lipids that might prevent or treat diabetes. These findings may lead researchers to new drugs to battle diabetes.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 13:46

Research with infant monkeys benefits pediatric medicine. A sample of the research areas and findings include: autism, cerebral palsy, childhood leukemia, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, childhood obesity, lung development, kidney disease, prenatal and mental health, preterm birth and neonatal outcomes, stem cells, tuberculosis, and puberty disorders (to name a few).

"Together, the findings from studies of infant monkeys have resulted in a better understanding of prenatal, infant, child, and maternal health. The scientific research has resulted in basic discoveries that are the foundation for a wide range of clinical applications and have also improved outcomes for premature and critically ill human infants."

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 15:19

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