Sometimes an exciting research finding is quickly attacked by the internet because it was done #InMice. But some of the most exciting discoveries have resulted from studies #InMice. And some things #InMice, like their lungs, hearts, livers, and bladders, are surprisingly more similar to humans than we may assume. It’s also just fun to learn … Continue reading Why study whiskers in mice? Humans don’t have whiskers
August 1, 2022 Allyson J. Bennett, Amanda M. Dettmer, Justin A. Varholick Vegans are often defined as anyone who does not eat any food derived from animals and does not use any animal products. This means that they are also often opposed to the use of animals for research and testing of medicines, vaccines, and … Continue reading What should a vegan do about vaccinations?
July 12, 2022 Chris Petkov Congratulations to the Kavli Prize winners in neuroscience! The prize this year, as has been the case for many years, once again goes to clinicians and animal researchers studying the nervous system. What is the Kavli Prize? The Kavli Prize is named after Fred Kavli (1927-2013), who was born on … Continue reading 2022 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience
June 21, 2022 Doris Doudet & Allyson J. Bennett Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a prominent neurodegenerative disease that affects more than 10 million people worldwide. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease. PD is associated with well-known motor symptoms such as tremor, slowness of movement and increased risks of falls but … Continue reading Animal studies contribute to development of a potential new treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
June 3rd 2022 The search for a fountain of youth has haunted humans since the beginning of time. Now, researchers from Stanford University reported in the peer-reviewed journal, Nature1, that older mice receiving cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) from younger mice had their memory impairment reversed. Through a series of rigorous experiments spanning behavioral, cellular, and … Continue reading Is a molecule in brain fluid the fountain of youth?
March 17, 2022 If you’re a regular reader of the Speaking of Research science blog you will know that we are very interested in neuroscience – in fact several of us are neuroscientists – so you won’t be surprised to learn that we have been following events of Brain Awareness Week. Brain Awareness Week is … Continue reading #Brain Awareness Week: The Role of Animals in Neuroscience
The first generation of COVID-19 vaccines have been highly effective, but also have limitations: their efficacy can wane without a booster shot, and they may be less effective against some variants. Now, scientists have developed a more targeted vaccine that, in animal studies, shows stronger, broader, and more durable protection in a single, low dose. … Continue reading Novel Nanoparticle SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine elicits more Potent Protection #InMice #InGuineaPigs #InHamsters
The recent mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 are the first of their kind, but they weren’t created overnight. RNA itself was discovered in the 1960s. Then, basic research in the 1970s paved the way for vaccine development in the 90s, optimization in the 2000s, clinical trials for influenza and rabies in the late 2010s