Ignoring the Role of Animals in Medicine is Shortsighted

Today we have a guest post from Dr. Todd McAllister, CEO of Cytograft Tissue Engineering Inc. and Co-Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the St. Joseph’s Translational Research Institute in Atlanta. Below, Dr. McAllister explains how animal research is vital to the pioneering research that his company does. After nearly 15 years of … Continue reading Ignoring the Role of Animals in Medicine is Shortsighted

A paralyzed man stands again…thanks to animal research!

Yesterday an article appeared in the New York Times describing how scientists, supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, have used electrical stimulation of the lower spinal cord to enable a man who had been completely paralyzed below chest level to stand again,  and even to take steps … Continue reading A paralyzed man stands again…thanks to animal research!

Breakthroughs of the year 2010: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Every December Science, the magazine published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and ranking among among the most prestigious of scientific journals, publishes its list of the “Breakthrough of the Year”, and it affords us one last opportunity to look back on a few of the major developments we have discussed … Continue reading Breakthroughs of the year 2010: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

From the bench and the bedside; how animal research is taming Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system – the brain and spinal cord - affecting about one person in every thousand in the USA. It is an inflammatory condition, where the immune system attacks the myelin sheath that surrounds the axons of nerve cells. Myelin is a … Continue reading From the bench and the bedside; how animal research is taming Multiple Sclerosis

Animal research: At the forefront of modern medicine

Several reports in the news over the past week have highlighted yet again the importance of animal research to medical advances. The BBC reports that gene therapy has been used successfully to treat a patient with severe β-thalassemia.  β-thalassemia is an inherited disorder caused by mutations in the β-globin chain of haemoglobin that lead to … Continue reading Animal research: At the forefront of modern medicine

Heart failure breakthrough: animal research paved the way!

Heart failure, where the heart is unable to maintain a sufficient blood flow to supply the body’s needs, is a leading cause of death, especially among the over 65’s. Half of all chronic heart failure patients die within four years of diagnosis. It can have a number of causes, for example damage to heart tissue … Continue reading Heart failure breakthrough: animal research paved the way!

Mice, rats, and the secrets of the genome.

It’s just over a decade since the completion of the first working draft of the human genome was announced, and seven years since the publication of the complete sequence, but in that short time the impact of this new knowledge on all areas medical research has been immense. Sequencing the human genome was a huge … Continue reading Mice, rats, and the secrets of the genome.

How to build a lung

Tissue engineering, a field that combines cell biology, engineering, and materials science to manufacture tissues - and more recently even whole organs - to replace those lost to injury or illness, must be one of the most exciting areas in modern medicine. Since the earliest reports about a mouse with a human ear growing on … Continue reading How to build a lung