Presenting the Award for Best Supporting Role in a Medical Drama

Presenting the Award for Best Supporting Role in a Medical Drama

And the award for Best Supporting Role in a Medical Drama goes to… With the Oscars fast approaching, FBR is recognizing two special supporting actors that have played outstanding roles in the ongoing medical drama of human and animal health advancement: the rat and the mouse. Together, rats and mice make up approximately 95% of […]

“Clean Up” Cells May be Key to Preventing Vision Loss

“Clean Up” Cells May be Key to Preventing Vision Loss

Scientists at the National Eye Institute have discovered malfunctioning “trash clean up” cells that may be the new and more definitive step in treating retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that causes blindness by targeting the retinal layer of the eye. Microglial cells normally target “invader” cells to clean up the area around the central nervous […]

Smart Phone Compasses Helping the Blind

Smart Phone Compasses Helping the Blind

Scientists in Tokyo are using smart phone compasses to help blind rats to “see” again. Blind rats that were sent through a navigation maze performed 80% better after a procedure to implant a compass to help them navigate their surroundings. The animals learned quickly how to use the new information or “allocentric sense,” which allows […]

Small Fish Making A Large Impact Against Infant Blindness!

Small Fish Making A Large Impact Against Infant Blindness!

Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, or LCA, is a congenital condition that causes blindness in infants that currently has no treatment. Parents of children with LCA each contribute a defective gene to their offspring which causes abnormal development of the retina, the structure in the back of the eye that detects light and color. Researchers are using […]