Regenerative Medicine: Prof. Anthony Atala discusses its past, present and future

Regenerative medicine is an exciting field that has really begun to mature and deliver on its promise over the past decade, though the clinical achievements to date only represent a fraction of what will be achieved in years to come. One of the leading scientists working in this field is Professor Anthony Atala, who leads a team … Continue reading Regenerative Medicine: Prof. Anthony Atala discusses its past, present and future

Animal Rights Deceptions at the University of British Colombia (again…)

Earlier this year we reported on how a Professor Doris Doudet at the University of British Columbia, a noted expert on Parkinson’s disease, was facing a torrent of false allegations from the animal rights group STOP UBC Animal Research (SUBCAR), and how subsequent investigations by the BCSPCA and the Canadian Council on Animal Care fully … Continue reading Animal Rights Deceptions at the University of British Colombia (again…)

The Portrait of a Superstar of Science – Drosophila melanogaster

Regular readers of this blog will no doubt have heard of Drosophila melanogaster, the fly that has played a key role in important discoveries about skin cancer, the innate immune system and the development of tissues, but we’ve never really given this tiny superstar of science enough prominence on this blog.  To help correct this … Continue reading The Portrait of a Superstar of Science – Drosophila melanogaster

Universal Meningitis B vaccine nears approval by European regulators – thank the mice (and the scientists)!

Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the fluid that is found in the spinal cord and surrounding the brain that affects thousands of people – usually children or young people – every year and can result in brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disability. In about 10% of cases the infection is fatal. One of … Continue reading Universal Meningitis B vaccine nears approval by European regulators – thank the mice (and the scientists)!

Keep Research Afloat

Our latest guest post comes from Peter Wright and Eleanor Browne, students of Imperial College London. They have started their own organisation aimed at trying to avoid the imminent crisis heading for biomedical research due to the restrictions on animal transport. We urge you to support their efforts to Keep research afloat - an issue … Continue reading Keep Research Afloat

Paralysed dogs walk again thanks to nasal cell transplants…and Professor Raisman’s rats.

This morning the BBC News carried a report on a medical breakthrough – and it is not a term  I use lightly – that has enormous implications for people who have been paralysed following spinal cord injuries.  A team at the University of Cambridge led by Professor Robin Franklin  Department of Veterinary Medicine, along with colleagues … Continue reading Paralysed dogs walk again thanks to nasal cell transplants…and Professor Raisman’s rats.

Animal Rights Bingo

Have you ever sat and listened to an animal rights activist speaking - on TV or a live debate - while you desperately grip your chair to stop yourself leaping out of your seat to challenge their every nonsense claim. "NO", you scream to yourself, "animal research does not cause adverse drug reactions!" Now we've … Continue reading Animal Rights Bingo