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1996 – First successful cloning of a mammal – Dolly

In July 1996, the Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh accomplished one of the greatest and most controversial feats in modern science with the successful cloning of a mammalian adult cell. Dolly the sheep would be the first mammal born via the process of somatic cell transfer and would provide insight into the possibilities […]

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1978 – First human stem cells discovered

Stem cell research shifted to humans in 1978 when Dr Gregor Pindull published findings of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in human cord blood. Previous work had been able to identify similar cells in other mammalian species. This was the first observation of human stem cells that would give rise to similar cells and signalled an […]

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1977 – First alternatives developed for skin irritants

Prior to 1977, tests for epidermal responses to substances were carried out primarily on animals, which generally produced misleading results. In order to effectively, and safely, investigate reactions in human subjects Griffith and Buehler developed the ‘repeated-insult patch test’. By concentrating and localising samples of the substance to a small, confined grid of 12mm, researchers […]

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1960 – First use of video to replace live animals in education

In 1960 the University of California produced a seven minute instructional video for students demonstrating the steps of anaphylaxis using a single guinea pig. Although the video depicts the full anaphylactic process, ultimately resulting in fatality, the use of video technology provided the University with the opportunity to save dozens of guinea pigs that would have […]

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1875 – First anti-vivisection organisation in the UK

As the 19th Century progressed, awareness of the controversy surrounding animal testing extended from academic communities into public opinion. Civilian protests, public debates and general uneasiness spread as more knowledge of the conditions, cruelty, and procedures experimental animals were being exposed to was revealed. The first group to rally around the anti-vivisection cause was the National Anti-vivisection […]

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1822 – First piece of law passed in UK specific to the protection of animals

The Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act, also referred to as Martin’s Act, was the first piece of animal welfare legislation passed by the United Kingdom Parliament. The act was put in place to prevent the cruel treatment of cattle, ox, cow, heifer, steer and sheep. Although it can be argued that this law was introduced because […]

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