Why Animal Research?


The ferret genome has been sequenced - and here's why that's good news for you November 20, 2014

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the domestic ferret! It is a big deal. Because the ferret is actually quite an important animal and the information derived from its genome is poised to help researchers better understand not just human health and disease, but also wildlife health. https://www.earthtouchnews.com/discoveries/discoveries/the-ferret-genome-has-been-sequenced-and-heres-why-thats-good-news-for-you/…  read more →

New Research on Dogs with Bone Cancer May Help People June 27, 2014

Treating bone cancer in dogs may lead to research for treatments that help people with cancer as well, as the same molecule is expressed in canine bone cancer that is also expressed in kids with osteosarcoma and women with breast cancer. http://6abc.com/health/new-research-on-dogs-with-bone-cancer-may-help-people/145285/  read more →

Why Animals are Vital to Brain Research April 23, 2014

Neurological studies in animals has provided important insight into how the human brain and nervous system functions. Ferret brains have many similarities with human brains, and studies with neonatal ferrets has allowed researchers to understand the developing brain, as well as study potential treatments for victims of neurological disease and traumatic brain injuries. http://www.brainfacts.org/about-neuroscience/animals-in-research/articles/2014/why-animals-are-vital-to-brain-research/…  read more →

Animal study yields promising results for measles drug April 16, 2014

Measles vaccination gaps have stalled efforts to further reduce the burden of the disease, but early results from tests in ferrets suggest that health departments may someday have an oral drug to help knock down outbreaks. http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2014/04/animal-study-yields-promising-results-measles-drug  read more →

Helping Blind Dogs See Could Help Fight Human Blindness January 2, 2014

Dogs' eyes are similar to humans, and studying genetic patterns that lead to blindness in dogs may help pave the way for treatments in humans as well, including treatments for glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa. http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/02/tech/dog-and-human-blindness/  read more →