As an animal model, the zebrafish offers many advantages that save researchers time and money.
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Of the many qualities that make the zebrafish a model organism, the fact that it shares 70% of the genes humans have makes it an ideal candidate for developmental biology research.
The lung-on-a-chip can mimic both the physical and mechanical qualities of a human lung.
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Successes in the lab mostly don’t translate to people. Research models that better mimic the human body could close the gap.
Animal research’s benefits are clear – but public awareness of what it involves is not.
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Guidelines and regulations weigh the medical and health benefits of animal research with researchers’ ability to ensure humane care of their subjects from start to finish.
Rhesus macaques experience an aging process similar to people’s.
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Nonhuman primates like rhesus monkeys share certain characteristics with people that may make them better study subjects than mice for research on neurodegenerative diseases.
It is possible to grow cells from a skin sample in a Petri dish and transform them into neurons in about a month.
Cell cultures have shown promise in representing diseases. The Petri dish is not as different from a sick person as one might think.
A single brilliant insight is only part of the story of how diabetes became a manageable disease.
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A biomedical engineer explains the basic research that led to the discovery of insulin and its transformation into a lifesaving treatment for millions of people with diabetes.
Whether it’s birds in a flock or drivers in traffic, agent-based modelling can describe complex phenomena by applying a simple set of rules to each individual’s behaviour.
By identifying and applying the key rules governing the behaviour of each individual, agent-based modelling offers insights into complex phenomena like traffic jams and flocking.
Could it be that a baby has all the brain cells she ever will?
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Neuroscience labs around the world may need to reevaluate some of their assumptions about whether what works in animals will really produce meaningful treatments for people.
Rats are commonly used in animal testing.
Why are animals still being used in drug development and what are the alternatives that could end their use altogether?
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Researchers want your canine’s DNA to help unravel the connections between genes and behavior – for dogs and human beings.
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