Mars, Machine Learning, and Mice: How a planetary science spin-off has the potential to improve imaging in animal research

Dr. Paul Tar is a research associate at the University of Manchester. In this guest post Paul explains the interdisciplinary journey taken between his PhD, in the analysis of planetary images, and current research post, in cancer studies. In this post he discusses how machine learning used to make measurements in space can also be … Continue reading Mars, Machine Learning, and Mice: How a planetary science spin-off has the potential to improve imaging in animal research

Research Roundup: Malaria vaccine, mouse sperm in space, animal welfare prizes, and more!

Welcome to this week’s Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through the contact form … Continue reading Research Roundup: Malaria vaccine, mouse sperm in space, animal welfare prizes, and more!

How animal enclosures are designed to meet the needs of laboratory animals

Having worked in animal research for over 14 years now I have not only gained a comprehensive knowledge of the requirements for animals used in research but have also seen significant improvements in this field. Currently, I work at King’s College London as a Site Manager where I oversee three animal units. The role of … Continue reading How animal enclosures are designed to meet the needs of laboratory animals

Disappointing lack of context by Cruelty Free International, as worst press release on animal testing numbers is revealed

Cruelty Free International (CFI), a British-based animal rights group (formerly known as the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection), has produced its annual press release about animal research numbers at British Universities. The release, entitled: “Disappointing lack of progress at UK universities as worst offenders for animal testing are revealed”, is full of hyperbole, … Continue reading Disappointing lack of context by Cruelty Free International, as worst press release on animal testing numbers is revealed

Research Roundup: Ending the vaccine-autism myth, spider venom for stroke victims, and causes of polycystic ovary syndrome

Welcome to our third weekly roundups. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through the contact form on the … Continue reading Research Roundup: Ending the vaccine-autism myth, spider venom for stroke victims, and causes of polycystic ovary syndrome

Tail or Tunnel: Handling Methods Influence Mouse Behavior in Cognitive Tasks

A study funded by the NC3Rs explored how handling methods influenced mice’s behavior during cognitive tasks Mice were either picked up by the tail or guided into a tunnel, then transferred to the testing arena Mice that were transferred in the tunnel were far more exploratory during the cognitive task Acclimation to handling procedures is … Continue reading Tail or Tunnel: Handling Methods Influence Mouse Behavior in Cognitive Tasks

University of Stirling improving animal welfare for dogs

A study, conducted by the University of Stirling, in collaboration with AstraZeneca and Charles River Laboratories, aimed to look at the impact of modern, purpose-built dog facilities, on the animals’ welfare. Dr Laura Scullion Hall and Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith, from the Behaviour and Evolution Group (BERG) at the University of Stirling, published a paper (1) … Continue reading University of Stirling improving animal welfare for dogs