3 July 2015. The latest newsletter of the Leverhulme Trust research programme, Making Science Public, is now available online at University of Nottingham.
Different immune cells regulate pain sensitisation in male and female mice, according to new research carried out at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, USA. Nature Neuroscience
3 July 2015. China has published a draft version of its revised guidance on new substance notification (Order 7) and consultations will take place until July 31. More information at Chemical Watch
South Korean and Chinese scientists make ‘double-muscled’ pigs by editing a single gene. Nature news online.
2 July 2015. The RSPCA has launched a campaign warning people not to leave dogs in cars because pets can die quickly, even on overcast days. Link to the RSPCA website.
2 July 2015. A new cancer treatment that uses the human immune system to combat tumour progress has been approved for use in the UK. More on the BBC website.
"Total animal replacement in human medicine is a realistic goal but it's a difficult challenge and it's going to be a long-term goal." That was one of the conclusions of a debate held by FRAME at the Kennel Club, London in April. A video of the discussions is now available online by clicking here: FRAME [...]
FRAME has responded to recent press stories of mouse head transplants being carried out in China. The Wall Street Journal has reported that surgeon Professor Xiaoping Ren has carried out procedures on more than 1,000 mice, and plans to extend his work to non-human primates - even though none of the mice has survived for more than [...]
A university in the United Arab Emirates has introduced a human-based experiment as a way of replacing animal models of the effects of drugs on body organs. Medical students now dose themselves with coffee to observe how the stimulant properties of caffeine affect them. The new scheme is described in the latest edition of PiLAS [...]
The discussion this week of the “Stop Vivisection” initiative has highlighted several extremely important issues. Firstly, the high priority that needs to be given to replacement of animal experiments with scientifically valid alternatives. Secondly, the limited relevance to human disease processes of many animal studies. Thirdly, the poor understanding across much of society of why [...]