In an interview with the BBC yesterday 2014 Nobel laureate John O Keefe has warned of the dangers posed by regulations that restrict animal research and the free movement of scientists across borders. "It is an incontrovertible fact that if we want to make progress in basic areas of medicine and biology we are going … Continue reading Nobel Prizewinner John O’Keefe warns of threat to science from overly restrictive animal research and immigration rules
Speaking of Research congratulates John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser on being awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”. By recording the activity of individual nerve cells within the brains of rats that were moving freely through their … Continue reading Nobel Prize 2014: Fortune favours the prepared mind
This morning the Nobel Assembly announced that the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine will be shared by John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka for their “discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent”. Animal research played a key role in the research honoured by the prize, specifically the studies of frogs … Continue reading Reprogrammed frog and mouse cells win the 2012 Nobel Prize
Yesterday the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM) announced most extensive full face transplant completed to date, including both jaws, teeth, and tongue. In a marathon 36-hour operation the surgical team led by Professor Eduardo Rodriguez were able to transplant a face of an anonymous donor onto their patient Richard Lee Norris, who had been … Continue reading The new face of transplant surgery, thanks to animal research
Animal rights activists often argue that animal models are irrelevant for human medicine, because they are ‘so different’ from us. But in fact some basics are shared across wildly distant species – something that the Nobel Committee acknowledged last year when they gave the Prize for Medicine and Physiology to Bruce Beutler and Jules Hoffmann … Continue reading Of Mice, Rice, Flies and Men
Long-time readers of this blog will not be surprised to hear that animal research has featured prominently in the work for which this year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine are being honoured- Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann for their for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity, and … Continue reading Nobel Prize 2011: Flies and mice take a bow!
For more information about the discovery of insulin we recommend you read our more recent post: Animal research and diabetes: Now the truth must be told Part 1 and Part 2 A mere one hundred years ago, when people were diagnosed with diabetes, they were handed down a death sentence. There was no treatment for … Continue reading From Science to Miracle in 2 years: The Discovery of Insulin