You can fool some of the MPs all of the time…

The British Parliament, for all its efficacy at passing thousands of pieces of legislation each year and civilising debate, nevertheless still contains one strange confection – the Early Day Motion (EDM). The name makes it sound as if these statements, which Members of Parliament can put their names to in support, lie at the foothills … Continue reading You can fool some of the MPs all of the time…

Everyday Progress – Keeping up with Research

Medical Progress is made every day around the world. Some involves cell cultures, some involves computers, and some involves animals. There are many ways of following these developments - in Science or Nature journals, on newspaper science pages, or on social media; such as the "I F***ing Love Science" page. There are also a few … Continue reading Everyday Progress – Keeping up with Research

Using Large Animals to Assess Safety of Medical Devices

This paper by Richard Bianco and Luis H. Toledo-Pereya has been edited with permission. Testing the safety of medical devices, such as cardiac valves and stents, in animals before they are introduced in human clinical trials is required for both ethical and legal reasons. Preclinical safety includes many improvements in technique, in vitro screening of … Continue reading Using Large Animals to Assess Safety of Medical Devices

Solving the Brain: Animal research at the frontiers of Neuroscience

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with the important role played by animal research in neuroscience, a post we published to mark Brain Awareness Week earlier this year covered but a tiny fraction of the work being done around the world. Meanwhile some neuroscientists have been thinking big...very big...with the launch of the … Continue reading Solving the Brain: Animal research at the frontiers of Neuroscience

Number of animal experiments in UK rose in 2012

Every year the UK Home Office publishes statistics showing the number of procedures carried out on animals covered by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986; this covers all vertebrate species. Overall, the number of animal procedures rose from 3.79 million  to 4.11 million animals (an 8% rise), while the number of animals,a small number of … Continue reading Number of animal experiments in UK rose in 2012

Italian Gene Therapy Success – Thanks to Animal Research

Italian scientists announced yesterday that they had successfully treated the deadly genetic disorders metachromatic leukodystrophy and Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome in a small clinical trial, marking and another major landmark in the developing field of gene therapy. As you might expect the breakthrough has received widespread media coverage, including CBS, the BBC and the Italian edition of the Huffington Post. While … Continue reading Italian Gene Therapy Success – Thanks to Animal Research

To engineer a new heart, first you take a pig…

This week the prestigious science journal Nature carries two fascinating reports on the progress being made in the exciting field of tissue engineering that we recommend to our readers - both are open access so you don't need a subscription to Nature to read them. The first is a feature article by Brenden Maher entitled "Tissue … Continue reading To engineer a new heart, first you take a pig…