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Researchers use stem cells to help rats with paraplegia walk again – November 17, 2017

After the scaffolds and stem cells were implanted, the researchers stitched up all the rats, including the control group, and observed them for any improvements. Rats that received both the scaffold and induced stem cells recovered better than the other groups; 42% of these rats were able to walk and support their body weight with their hind legs after three weeks. Furthermore 75% of this group reacted to stimuli in their hind legs and tail. Fewer rats with the non-induced stem cells recovered as fully as the rats with the induced stem cells. Furthermore, researchers found the scaffold-only group could not respond to any stimuli in their hind legs or tail, and rats in the control group did not improve at all. Read more in Frontiers in Neuroscience

Chimps recoil from food placed near soft, moist objects – November 17, 2017

In effort to determine what grosses out a chimpanzee, researchers from Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute observed chimps at the Primate Center at CIRMF in Gabon. ‘If chimpanzees and other primates can discern contamination risk via different cues, individuals with higher sensitivities to feces and other bodily fluids may be less infected, which could have important health benefits,’ explains Cecile Sarabian, the lead author of the study. ‘Moreover, such results may have implications for animal welfare and management. Read more in Daily Mail


Subtypes of breast cancer are generally identified according to the presence or absence of “receptors” known to fuel most breast cancers: estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). However, some patients develop a particularly aggressive tumor that does not exhibit any of the three. In what is called triple negative breast cancer, which forms as a result of chemotherapy, many of the more common treatments that are tailored to target one (or a combination of 2-3) of the tumor’s receptors are rendered ineffective. It disproportionately affects young African-American women—at triple the rate it’s diagnosed in women of other races—and in both humans and animals, it’s rare and carries a poor prognosis as compared with other forms of breast cancer. For years, researchers have struggled to find models in which to study the disease. Read FBR BLOG

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“All advances in medicine have an underlying basis in biomedical research. Animal research is done with great care and is done with special concern for the ethical treatment of the animals. The importance of medical research lies in the fact that new knowledge in medicine and innovative development is going to take place only when medical research is done.”

Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, Jr. (Legendary Heart Surgeon and Inventor)

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Research With Dogs Benefits People and Pets

The close relationship between dogs and people may pre-date recorded history. One of the most significant results of our partnership with dogs has been their contribution to our understanding of diseases, treatment, prevention, and cures. Dogs and people get many of the same diseases because we live in the same environment, breathe the same air, walk the same sidewalks and yards. What we can glean from studying dogs in medical research often yields treatments and cures that help both humans and animals.

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