The animal research behind the first US womb transplant birth

To witness any birth can be miraculous. However, the medical staff of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas all agree that this particular delivery was special. As first reported by TIME, obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Liza Johannesson, stated, “We’ve been preparing for this moment for a very long time. I think everyone had tears in … Continue reading The animal research behind the first US womb transplant birth

Research Roundup: Ending the vaccine-autism myth, spider venom for stroke victims, and causes of polycystic ovary syndrome

Welcome to our third weekly roundups. 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 on the … Continue reading Research Roundup: Ending the vaccine-autism myth, spider venom for stroke victims, and causes of polycystic ovary syndrome

SYR: How sheep can help us understand why girls are reaching puberty at younger ages

This guest post is the second written by Michelle Bedenbaugh, a Ph.D. student in the Physiology and Pharmacology Department at West Virginia University. Check out her first post on the benefits of using large animal models to study reproduction. It is also part of our Speaking of Your Research series of posts where scientists discuss their … Continue reading SYR: How sheep can help us understand why girls are reaching puberty at younger ages

SYR: The case for using large animal models to study reproduction

This guest post is written by Michelle Bedenbaugh, a Ph.D. student in the Physiology and Pharmacology Department at West Virginia University. It is part of our Speaking of Your Research series of posts where scientists discuss their own research. Michelle’s research involves examining the brain’s role in the initiation of puberty.  In this post, Michelle discusses the … Continue reading SYR: The case for using large animal models to study reproduction

Research using sheep leads to a new device to record and stimulate the brain

A group of Australian and American researchers have used sheep to develop and test a new device (original paper) – the stentrode - for recording electrical signals from inside the brain. The research was published in Nature Biotechnology. This new technology removes one of the main obstacles to developing efficient brain-computer interfaces: the need for invasive … Continue reading Research using sheep leads to a new device to record and stimulate the brain

Clinical trial success for Cystic Fibrosis gene therapy: built on animal research

This morning the Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium (GTC) announced the results of clinical trial in 140 patients with cystic fibrosis, which demonstrate the potential for gene therapy to slow – and potentially halt - the decline of lung function in people with the disorder. It is a success that is built on 25 years … Continue reading Clinical trial success for Cystic Fibrosis gene therapy: built on animal research