Research Roundup: brain estrogen necessary for ovulation, breakthrough in treatment for Huntington’s disease 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 estrogen necessary for ovulation, breakthrough in treatment for Huntington’s disease and more!

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: 3D printed ovaries, social ties and longevity, a new bone regeneration therapy, 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: 3D printed ovaries, social ties and longevity, a new bone regeneration therapy, and more!

To engineer a new heart, first you take a pig…

This week the prestigious science journal Nature carries two fascinating reports on the progress being made in the exciting field of tissue engineering that we recommend to our readers - both are open access so you don't need a subscription to Nature to read them. The first is a feature article by Brenden Maher entitled "Tissue … Continue reading To engineer a new heart, first you take a pig…

Liver transplant breakthrough set to save thousands of lives: Thank the pigs!

On Friday the BBC reported that Ian Christie, a man who developed cirrhosis of the liver after being infected with hepatitis C during a blood transfusion 25 years ago, had become the first person in the world to receive a transplanted liver that had been preserved at room temperature rather than being cooled after being … Continue reading Liver transplant breakthrough set to save thousands of lives: Thank the pigs!

Regenerative Medicine: Prof. Anthony Atala discusses its past, present and future

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

Lasker Awards 2012: How animal research empowered the pioneers of liver transplantation

As a medical student in 1950 one of my patients was a boy of my age dying of kidney failure and I was instructed to make him comfortable for he would be dead in two weeks. I asked if he could have a graft of a kidney and I was told "no" and then when … Continue reading Lasker Awards 2012: How animal research empowered the pioneers of liver transplantation