360 Virtual Lab Tour allows public to look round four British animal laboratories

Understanding Animal Research has worked with four institutions, MRC Harwell, The Pirbright Institute, the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford, to create a virtual 'street view' tour of their laboratories. Go to labanimaltour.org to view the tours for yourself. VIEW THE LAB ANIMAL TOUR Visitors are provided with maps of the four facilities, … Continue reading 360 Virtual Lab Tour allows public to look round four British animal laboratories

Pro-Test: The demonstration that changed a decade

“No more threats, no more fear, animal research wanted here”. On February 25th 2006 that chant, and many others, rang out across the city of Oxford. Around 1,000 students, scientists and patients marched through the streets both to demonstrate support for the building of a new animal research facility, and to protest against the animal … Continue reading Pro-Test: The demonstration that changed a decade

Visionary Science: Gene therapy saves sight thanks to animal research

Yesterday the BBC News and Guardian Newspaper reported that a team led by surgeon Professor Robert Maclaren at the Oxford Eye Hospital had succeeded in using gene therapy to halt the decline in vision in six patients with the progressive eye disorder choroideremia. All six patients were taking part in a clinical trial, and what was … Continue reading Visionary Science: Gene therapy saves sight thanks to animal research

Students back animal research

A few weeks ago we mentioned the Big Animal Research Debate, a joint initiative by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) UK, and Understanding Animal Research (UAR) to organise a series of debates on animal research in the UK, US and Ireland, many streamed live on the internet. These universities included 7 of the UK's … Continue reading Students back animal research

Reprogrammed frog and mouse cells win the 2012 Nobel Prize

This morning the Nobel Assembly announced that the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine will be shared by John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka for their “discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent”.  Animal research played a key role in the research honoured by the prize, specifically the studies of frogs … Continue reading Reprogrammed frog and mouse cells win the 2012 Nobel Prize