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 […]

Predicting Zoonosis Using AI

Predicting Zoonosis Using AI

Rodent to human zoonotic disease (diseases transmitted from animal to human) have been notable over the years; take the plague for instance.  Killing between 75 and 200 million people in Europe in the mid 1300’s, it took decades for Europe’s population to recover. So what if the Black Death was somehow predictable? Well, with the […]

Space Travel, Space Madness?

Space Travel, Space Madness?

Long term space flight could be detrimental to higher processing in the brain. Recently, researchers at the University of California and NASA have raised questions about whether space travel beyond the earth’s reaches could permanently affect how astronauts think. This comes in the midst of conversations about manned trips to Mars. Ionized particles and titanium […]

Duck, Duck, No Goose – Light Touch!

Duck, Duck, No Goose – Light Touch!

Did you know that a duck’s bill is highly sensitive to light touch but far less sensitive to other factors, such as temperature? This makes them an ideal research model over rodents in studies for chronic pain and light touch sensitivity disorders like  mechanical allodynia, where a light touch feels incredibly painful. Scientists are studying […]