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Zoobotics

March 11, 2014 3:20 pm | by Helen Kelly | Articles | Comments

I imagine even Russell and Burch, who helped make replacement of animals a long-term goal for biomedical research, would be surprised to see WR-4 creating carefully-orchestrated stressful situations among laboratory rats. WR-4 is the controversial fourth-generation robot rat that Professor Hiroyuki Ishii at Japan’s Waseda University developed to help clarify the mechanism of mental disorders in humans.

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New Variant of Ebola Virus Identified in Guinea

April 23, 2014 1:25 pm | by Inserm | News | Comments

Ebola virus is a lethal, highly contagious virus for which there is presently no treatment.  The World Health Organisation has reported that it has recorded 5 new cases of Ebola fever in Guinea. Since January, the total number of suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola fever in the present outbreak in Guinea is 127.

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Two Genes Linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease

April 23, 2014 12:34 pm | by Univ. of Cincinnati Academic Health Center | News | Comments

Researchers have done what is believed to be the first direct genetic study to document the important function for the Ron receptor, a cell surface protein often found in certain cancers, and its genetic growth factor, responsible for stimulating cell growth, in the development and progression of IBD.

Citric Acid Detergent/Descaler

April 23, 2014 8:06 am | Veltek Associates, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VAI’s C2W5 detergent is a unique blend of eco-friendly citric acid along with a proprietary formulation of wetting agents that help lift and suspend the most challenging scale deposits on any type of animal housing.

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Relieving Pain in Mice without Hurting the Heart

April 22, 2014 1:48 pm | by Penn Medicine | News | Comments

Nonsteroidal antinflamatory drugs (NSAIDs) that block an enzyme called COX-2 relieve pain and inflammation but can cause heart attacks, stroke, heart failure, and even sudden cardiac death. This has prompted a decade-plus search for safer, but still effective, alternatives to these commonly prescribed, pain-relieving drugs.

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Fat Metabolism Altered in Animals Prevents Heart Disease

April 22, 2014 1:32 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Working with mice and rabbits, Johns Hopkins scientists have found a way to block abnormal cholesterol production, transport and breakdown, successfully preventing the development of atherosclerosis.               

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Scientists Have Found a Potential Cure for Ebola

April 22, 2014 1:15 pm | by ScienceAlert | News | Comments

Working in a secretive quarantined lab, scientists in the US have discovered a small molecule that saves monkeys and rodents from one of the world's most terrifying viruses.                     

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Mouse Model Links Diatary Fats, Colon Cancer Tumor Growth

April 22, 2014 1:09 pm | by Arizona State Univ. | News | Comments

Scientists have shown new genetic evidence that could strengthen the link between the role of dietary fats and colon cancer progression.                                 

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Fruit Flies Sleep Away Infection

April 22, 2014 12:58 pm | by Penn Medicine | News | Comments

When we get sick it feels natural to try to hasten our recovery by getting some extra shuteye. Researchers found that this response has a definite purpose, in fruitflies: enhancing immune system response and recovery to infection.     

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Make Training Stick in Four Easy Steps

April 22, 2014 8:11 am | Articles | Comments

Information that is not well learned originally is not retained and internalized, so the focus of training needs to be getting the message “in.” To do this, multiple methods are necessary. Simply lecturing a group is not enough. Too much is lost based on our understanding of adult learning styles.

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Green Cleaner

April 22, 2014 8:09 am | Pharmacal Research Labs, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Steriplex® SD is a RTU C. difficile Sporicide (in 5 minutes), Tuberculocide, Bactericide, Virucide, and Fungicide that is fast acting, non corrosive, and non fuming.

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Are Lab Mice of Men?

April 21, 2014 1:26 pm | by Michael White, Pacific Standard | News | Comments

There have always been limitations to experiments done on mice, but new technology, which allows scientists to replace mouse genes with human genes, could clear the way for new ground to be broken.               

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Source of Bladder Cancer Indentified in Mice

April 21, 2014 1:19 pm | by Stanford Medicine | News | Comments

A single type of cell in the lining of the bladder is responsible for most cases of invasive bladder cancer. A study, conducted in mice, is the first to pinpoint the normal cell type that can give rise to invasive bladder cancers.    

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Link between Down Syndrome and Leukemia Found in Mice

April 21, 2014 1:03 pm | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

Although doctors have long known that people with Down syndrome have a heightened risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during childhood, they haven’t been able to explain why. Now, investigators have uncovered a connection between the two conditions.

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Alcohol Inhibits Muscle Repair in Rats

April 21, 2014 12:53 pm | by Thomas Jefferson Univ. | News | Comments

Muscle weakness is a common symptom of both long-time alcoholics and patients with mitochondrial disease. Now researchers have found a common link: mitochondria that are unable to self-repair.                 

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Mouse Study Offers Clues to Improving Immunity in Premature Infants

April 21, 2014 12:36 pm | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

A new animal study by neonatology researchers at sheds light on immunology in newborns by revealing how gut microbes play a crucial role in fostering the rapid production of infection-fighting white blood cells, called granulocytes.     

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