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Giraffes are the latest animals to show they can solve tasks using statistical reasoning – and the only one to do this with a small brain relative to body size.
Although there are rules that govern animal research, they don’t answer one important question: when are the gains from research enough to justify the harms it may inflict?
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.
Research using animals must be more transparent regarding how animals are used and treated.
The public’s lack of knowledge about animal research can cause a moral conflict. Institutions that use animals in research need to be more transparent about their practices.
Pigs with human immune systems.
Medical research to benefit people is first conducted in animals. Creating a new biomedical model by inserting human immune cells into pigs may lead to new insights and treatments.
Discovering a mouse with a reproductive system surprisingly similar to our own is good news for pregnancy research.
The strange journey of Ham the chimpanzee from a rainforest in Cameroon to the edge of space.
A chemical refined from the blue, copper-based blood of horseshoe crabs helps identify contaminants in medical equipment inserted into humans.
The three-toed skink can give birth to live young and lay eggs in the same pregnancy. What can this little critter teach us about the evolution of live birth?
More women are becoming biologists, and this inclusion means that we are learning more about female species and reproduction.
The rise in female researchers has expanded our knowledge of female biology in human and nonhuman animals.
Most people never have the chance to see how animals live in laboratories.
Since 2012, more than 120 of Britain’s universities, research institutions and pharmaceutical companies have signed a public pledge committing them to greater openness in their animal research programs.
Many people feel conflicted about the use of animals in scientific research. But what is actually involved?
Resveratrol is found at only trace levels in red wine.
You would need to drink over a thousand bottles of red wine per day to get the amount of resveratrol - the compound said to have many health benefits - needed to even have an effect.
One of Newcastle’s macaque monkeys.
Without research on primates, we wouldn’t be able to understand the human brain – or repair it.
How an animal is treated can actually affect research results.
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Varying animal standards across the globe is leading to unnecessary suffering as well as conflicting research results.
If only I could shut off my my microglia right now.
Clinical health research should stop ignoring important sex differences.
Should primates such as chimpanzees be given rights normally reserved for humans?
The question of furnishing non-human animals with rights normally reserves for humans is more complex than it might seem.
Crocodiles keep their own secrets.
Slow, lazy, stupid? It’s time to update your impression of the crocodilians. These animals are up to amazing things that we’re only beginning to observe and recognize.
A small sacrifice.
The number of animals used in scientific research in the UK fell by 0.4% in 2013, according to figures released by the Home Office. Scientists continue to work hard to reduce the numbers of animals used…
Brazil’s cattle herd is the world’s second-biggest - and welfare standards are on the up.
While Brazil’s footballers have failed spectacularly to live up to expectations, there are other areas where the country is quietly exceeding them. Perhaps surprisingly, Brazil’s rapidly improving animal…