Animal research


Latest news on animal research at the University.

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.

Identification of prion diseases aided by novel marker

Differentiation between brain diseases could be aided by detection of a novel protein, scientists discovered.

Sheep could aid insights into childhood dementia

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A new research approach could help progress towards therapies for a devastating childhood illness.

Staff praised for animal welfare innovations

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Innovations designed to improve the wellbeing of animals involved in research at the University have won awards at the eighth annual 3Rs symposium.

Data tool helps decipher mouse’s calls

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Technology that can help interpret inaudible calls from laboratory mice has been developed in a bid to improve research.

Animal research statistics for 2018 released

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The ten universities in the UK that conduct the highest number of animal research procedures have released their figures for 2018.

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