23 Jul, 2013Animal Models: More than Mice


While the mouse may be king, it’s not the only show in town.  Beyond the mouse, several other species are used as animal…

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25 Jun, 2013Animal Models: Mouse is King


Mice and rats are go-to animal models for research.  A recent report out of the European Union demonstrated the dominance of these rodents…

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03 Jan, 2013Scientific Research in Pigs is on the Rise


We all know bacon and other fatty foods can lead to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases but the four-legged creature from where these foods come has become an international sensation with regards to its use in scientific research. Pigs are used in efficacy and toxicity models to study cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, and even has applications in dermatology and inflammation.

The pig has become a superstar in scientific research, primarily in its use as a valid animal model to study human diseases. The Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium, in their efforts to better understand pig evolution/domestication, production and health monitoring, and applications for biomedical research, has identified 112 genes in pigs that are also responsible for human metabolic disorders [1]. With such similarities, pigs can be used for drug testing in applications of various therapeutic areas.

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