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: The link between inflammation, obesity and the inability to taste, the connection between anxiety and Alzheimer’s disease and more!
Regenerative medicine is an exciting field that has really begun to mature and deliver on its promise over the past decade, though the clinical achievements to date only represent a fraction of what will be achieved in years to come. One of the leading scientists working in this field is Professor Anthony Atala, who leads a team … Continue reading Regenerative Medicine: Prof. Anthony Atala discusses its past, present and future
While I was on vacation I missed a fascinating story about how scientists at Harvard University and Caltech have created an artificial jellyfish - termed a medusoid - using rat heart cells on a silicone matrix in order to demonstrate that it is possible to reverse-engineer a muscular pump, as described in this informative report on CBC News. This … Continue reading Understanding Cyborg Jellyfish
Every year since 2004 the Technology Academy Finland has awarded the prestigious Millennium Technology Prize as a tribute to life-enhancing technological innovations, and the list of past winners includes some of the world’s leading technological innovators. This year the Grand Prize is for the first time being shared between two innovators, Linus Torvalds, who created … Continue reading Millenium Technology Prize 2012: Mouse stem cell research heralds a new era in biomedical research
On Friday I discussed some recent developments in use of stem cells to repair spinal cord damage, but central nervous system damage is not the only cause of paralysis; every year many thousands of people become paralysed in a limb due to peripheral nerve damage. A difference between peripheral nerve damage and central nervous system damage is … Continue reading Spider silk used to repair nerve damage in sheep
If you have watched any British TV channels in the past week or two, you may have seen the excellent ads produced by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as part of a major fundraising drive to support their new Mending Broken Hearts campaign. The Mending Broken Hearts campaign is a major new multidisciplinary initiative which … Continue reading A fish named Hope