Animal research


Latest news on animal research at the University.

Dementia study reveals how proteins can stop brain signals

Fresh insights into damaging proteins that build up in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease could aid the quest for treatments.

Open approach to animal research earns accolade

The University’s work on communicating how animals are used in research has won a national award.

Endometriosis could be treated with cancer drug

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The painful symptoms of endometriosis – a chronic condition which affects millions of women - could potentially be reduced with a drug that had previously been investigated as a cancer treatment.

Deer give birth earlier as climate warms

Red deer on a Scottish island are providing scientists with some of the first evidence that wild animals are evolving to give birth earlier in the year as the climate warms.

Study could aid degenerative disease therapies

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Fresh insights into how nerves connect with muscles in the body could aid the development of therapies to treat neurodegenerative diseases.

Protein has crucial role in hardening of arteries

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Research led by Roslin scientists highlights a key protein linked to the formation of hardened arteries and the mechanisms behind this.

Imaging studies benefit from standard protocols

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Standardising procedures used for imaging studies in animals can help to improve the translation of research findings to benefit people, a study has found.

Animal welfare event focuses on emotions

Insights into how animals experience feelings and emotions will be explored in talks, discussions and tours at a public event

Surrogacy advance could aid rare chicken breeds

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Infertile hens have been used to carry eggs containing other breeds, in a development using gene editing.

Wild animals’ immune systems decline with age

It is well established that weakened immune systems in old age affect people’s health and fitness, but a study suggests that it is also an issue for wild animals.

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