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

Mice pave the way to a cord blood transplant advance

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow that affects over 200,000 Americans and still kills thousands every year despite the great progress made over recent decades in developing  effective treatments for many leukemia types.  When undergoing treatment for leukemia many patients require hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation to replace the blood stem … Continue reading Mice pave the way to a cord blood transplant advance

From Science Fiction to Science Fact

The ability to regrow limbs lost through accident or the action of their nemesis is a power usually thought of as belonging only to comic-book heroes, but in nature the ability to regenerate tissues and even whole limbs is surprisingly widespread across the plant and animal kingdoms. While in the womb mammals such as humans … Continue reading From Science Fiction to Science Fact