Does size matter? Evaluating the space requirements for laboratory mice.

Mice are the most commonly used laboratory animal – comprising approximately 70% of all animals used for research. Despite their widespread use, surprisingly little is known about how the behavioural biology of mice relates to the social and physical conditions of the laboratory environment. A team of researchers, from the Division of Animal Welfare at … Continue reading Does size matter? Evaluating the space requirements for laboratory mice.

Openness by the numbers: Ten universities conduct one third of all UK animal research

The ten British universities which conduct the most animal research have come together to proactively publicise their exact figures to the public and media. The press release by the ten institutions was coordinated by Understanding Animal Research. It is the second time that universities have come together to publicise their numbers. Of the 46 universities … Continue reading Openness by the numbers: Ten universities conduct one third of all UK animal research

Of Mice and Mammaries, Part 4: From animal models to human therapies

In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Justin Varholick traces how mice have helped breast cancer research over the past century. Over the past month, in Parts 1, 2, and 3 of this series, he discussed how scientists began studying mammary tumors in mice and how they have advanced their study to better understand human … Continue reading Of Mice and Mammaries, Part 4: From animal models to human therapies

Of Mice and Mammaries, Part 3: Modelling Human Breast Cancer

In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Justin Varholick traces how mice have helped breast cancer research over the past century. In the third post of this 4-part series, we look at advances made from the 1970s to present time and how mice are being used as a model for humans. Over the past two … Continue reading Of Mice and Mammaries, Part 3: Modelling Human Breast Cancer

Mice and the Mycobiome: How Animal Models Will Help Us Understand the Microbial World In Our Gut

Rebecca Drummond, PhD, is a post-doctoral scientist working at the National Institutes of Health, USA. Dr Drummond's research aims to understand why some people get fungal infections and others do not. To do this she must understand how the immune system prevents fungal infections and the risk factors that make an infection more likely. In … Continue reading Mice and the Mycobiome: How Animal Models Will Help Us Understand the Microbial World In Our Gut

Research Roundup: Chimpanzees with Alzheimer’s, mice with autism, the shrinking bat genome 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: Chimpanzees with Alzheimer’s, mice with autism, the shrinking bat genome and more

Research Roundup: Brain circuits for dominance, new HepC rodent model, eye repair in zebrafish 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: Brain circuits for dominance, new HepC rodent model, eye repair in zebrafish and more