Why it takes guts to protect the brain against infection

The brain is uniquely protected against invading bacteria and viruses, but its defence mechanism has long remained a mystery. Now, a study in mice, confirmed

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Nov. 4, 2020 ~5 min

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Imaging technique could replace tissue biopsies in assessing drug resistance in breast cancer patients

Imaging techniques could replace the need for invasive tissue biopsies in helping rapidly determine whether cancer treatments are working effectively,

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Oct. 6, 2020 ~5 min

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Top UK organisations release annual statistics for use of animals in research

The ten organisations in Great Britain that carry out the highest number of animal procedures – those used in medical, veterinary and scientific research -

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 16, 2020 ~3 min


Study shows how our brains remain active during familiar, repetitive tasks

New research, based on earlier results in mice, suggests that our brains are never at rest, even when we are not learning anything about the world around us.

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July 14, 2020 ~6 min

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New artificial heart valve could transform open-heart surgery

A new type of artificial heart valve, made of long-lived polymers, could mean that millions of patients with diseased heart valves will no longer require

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June 29, 2020 ~6 min

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Exercise in pregnancy improves health of obese mothers by restoring their tissues, mouse study finds

Exercise immediately prior to and during pregnancy restores key tissues in the body, making them better able to manage blood sugar levels and lowering the risk of long term health problems, suggests new research carried out in mice.

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Aug. 30, 2019 ~6 min

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Top UK organisations release annual statistics for use of animals in research

The ten academic organisations in the UK that carry out the highest number of animal procedures – those used in medical, veterinary and fundamental scientific research – have today released their statistics to coincide with the publication of the UK’s official statistics by the Home Office.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 18, 2019 ~3 min


Genetic variation linked to response to anxiety could inform personalised therapies

A new study in marmoset monkeys suggests that individual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotions, providing new insights that could help in the development of personalised therapies to tackle anxiety and depression.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 1, 2019 ~5 min

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Cambridge recognised as Leader in Openness around animal research

The University of Cambridge has been presented with a Leader in Openness Award in recognition of its work to promote openness and transparency around its research involving the use of animals.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 23, 2019 ~5 min


Blood pressure drug shows promise for treating Parkinson’s and dementia in animal studies

A prescription drug to treat high blood pressure has shown promise against conditions such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and forms of dementia in studies carried out in mice and zebrafish at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 18, 2019 ~5 min

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