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Botox could treat cancer

New York - Botox, used in millions of face-smoothing procedures by the rich and vain, might also be a new weapon in the fight against cancer, according to a new study.

Lab mice have 'lost' traits through domestication

A study of laboratory bred mice has revealed that some behavioral traits, like female aggression, have been lost with domestication.

Scientists allegedly control evolution with embryonic experiments

According to a Nature report with contributions from scientists stationed around the world, researchers were able to regress the teeth of some mice in the embryonic stages.

Sperm can show signs of a mother’s stress

Cambridge - Scientists report that mice that are malnourished while pregnant can pass down genetic markers of such stress to their sons’ sperm.

Running mice get vision back

A new research study has shown that exposure to visual stimuli while running can restore vision to mice blind in one eye.

Body cell's link to obesity

The hormone leptin, which signals fullness to animals, has been shown to act through neurons. New research suggests that another type of cell is also involves called glia. The finding could have implications for obesity research.

Some brain cells deal with stress better than others

Scientists may have found the brain cells responsible for the varying reactions to stress. The research also suggests that there are variations between animals in how the brain responds to stressful situations.

Do pet mice enjoy running on wheels?

Do pet mice enjoy running on wheels or is it simply a neurotic response to being held captive in a cage? A new science paper attempts to settle the argument.

Liver disorder in mice reversed using new gene-editing technology

Cambridge - Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have cured mice of a rare liver disorder that is caused by a single gene mutation using a new genome-editing technique.

Killing cancer by exploding tumor cells

Atlanta - Scientists have heralded a new drug tested in mice, which causes tumor cells to explode, as a major breakthrough. The drug has been tested out on mice.

Mice and ticks: the ideal couple?

Mice are effective at transferring disease-causing pathogens to feeding ticks. This can lead to diseases being spread to people. Do the mice mind the ticks? It seems that they may help the mouse live for longer.

Brain region linked to schizophrenia

Researchers have identified a region of the brain which is sensitive to small changes in memory. The results provide a clue as to why this area is often found to be abnormal in people suffering with schizophrenia.

New compound improves heart function in mice Special

Researchers from the University of Missouri recently found success using a drug to treat laboratory mice with one form of congenital heart disease.

Mice engineered for flu resistance

A study has shown that mice lacking a certain protein, called Tmprss2, are no longer affected by particular flu viruses.

Can fear be inherited?

Mice appear to pass certain fears onto their offspring, according to a new research study. Trials so far on mice suggest that certain smells associated with frightening events can be passed on to successive generations.

Bear gallbladder prevents diabetes

A chemical extracted from the gallbladder of a bear stops a cellular stress response and stalls the progression of type-1 diabetes in mice.

Does sleep 'wash out' the brain?

Does sleep help the body to wash away toxins and other unwanted chemicals? New research suggests that sleep clears out interstitial clutter in the mouse brain.

Mice modeling schizophrenia show key brain network in overdrive Special

Using mice genetically engineered to display symptoms of schizophrenia, scientists have uncovered a faulty brain mechanism that may underlie schizophrenia.

Does caffeine pose a risk during pregnancy?

Caffeine during pregnancy could be bad for pregnant women. Scientists found the stimulant altered the brain cells of newborns whose moms had consumed caffeine during and after pregnancy.

Is it possible to erase 'bad memories'?

It remains 'science fiction' that a 'bad' memory can be erased. However, researchers have managed to selectively erase methamphetamine-related memories in mice and rats.

Down syndrome in mice reversed by injection

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine in Maryland discovered a way of reversing Down syndrome in mice by injecting them with a small molecule called a sonic hedgehog pathway agonist.

Timber rattlesnakes keeps Lyme disease in check

The timber rattlesnake, common in parts of the U.S., should be conserved, according to a group of ecologists, because the snake eats mice, and mice are the major contributors of Lyme disease.

New technique to create transparent brains

Researchers have developed a solution that turns tissues transparent. It is hoped that the technique will be used to view neuronal circuits in the human brain, as part of the examination of conditions like Alzheimer's disease.

Japanese scientists clone mouse from drop of blood

Using just circulating blood cells in the tail of a donor mouse, scientists at the Riken BioResoure Center were able to create a clone of the mouse.

Scientists will attempt to engineer 'cancer proof' mice

Rochester - Cancer can kill most rodents, but not one particular type: the naked mole rat. On investigation, scientists will attempt to use genes from the mole rat to crate a 'cancer free' mouse.

Russia's space creatures back from month long space mission

A Russian capsule carrying mice, lizards and other small animals returned to Earth on Sunday after spending a month in space for what scientists said was the longest experiment of its kind. Half the mice died while all of the gecko's survived.

Can the fat burning 'toggle switch' be found?

Several scientific inquiries have sought to find a way to convert undesirable white fat cells into brown fat cells as a means of stimulating weight loss. Some new research may have found the answer.

Mouse brain rendered transparent for neurological research

Researchers have developed a method for rendering the brain of a mouse transparent. This non-destructive process is designed to allow scientists to better visualize brain conditions such as autism.

Can a pill be made to 'sober up' drunken people?

A magic pill to sober up someone up after an excessive intake of alcohol may be many years away. However, scientists have succeeded in developing a nanocapsule that can 'sober up' drunken mice.

Old drug offers potential diabetes and obesity treatments

The drug amlexanox, prescribed for the treatment of asthma, appears to reverse obesity, diabetes and fatty liver. This could lead to the development of novel treatments.
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