Understanding migraines: The blind leading the…err…rats

Chances are that you have either suffered from migraine yourself or have a family member or close friend who have, after all about 1 in 8 of us will suffer from migraine at some stage in our lifetime, and some sufferers experience repeated debilitating episodes over many years . While headache on one side of … Continue reading Understanding migraines: The blind leading the…err…rats

Breakthrough of the Year (almost!)

As the year draws to a close it’s time to reflect on an exciting year of animal research, and there seems no better place to start than with the top 10 breakthroughs of the year as selected by the prestigious scientific journal Science. Science is of course a general science magazine, and the choices reflect … Continue reading Breakthrough of the Year (almost!)

Gene therapy on the brain

Hot on the heels of last weeks report of the successful use of gene therapy to treat the eye disease Leber’s congenital amaurosis comes a report that scientists lead by Nathalie Cartier and Patrick Aubourg of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research have combined gene therapy and stem cell medicine to successfully … Continue reading Gene therapy on the brain

The limits of fMRI

Animal rights groups often argue (Warning: AR Website) that new imaging technologies, such as fMRI, provide an alternative to invasive brain research in animals, accusing those doing animal work of failing to adopt these modern methods.  Such a position reflects a misunderstanding of what these instruments measure and their limitation in studying how the brain … Continue reading The limits of fMRI