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Chimpanzees are first animal shown to develop telltale markers of Alzheimer’s disease

Article Written by: Sara Reardon Analysis of chimp brains reveals protein plaques and tangles that signal brain disease in humans, but whether the animals can develop dementia is unclear. [caption id="attachment_899" align="alignright" width="239"] Photo credit: Fiona Rogers/Minden Pictures/FLPA[/caption] Aged chimpanzees develop brain characteristics that are similar — but not identical…

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Animals in Research

Hydro and His Chair Training

Rhesus macaque monkeys are important for studies to learn about the brain. Here you see Hydro, a male rhesus macaque, being trained to sit in a chair which can then be transported into a computer room. There, Hydro will interact with objects on a computer. This kind of study allows…

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Titi Monkey

Titi monkeys are one of the few nonhuman primate models that develop social attachment. Therefore, they are involved in the study of neurotransmitters and what they contribute to the biology of social attachment.  Recently, the monkeys were involved in research to develop a new technique to visualize oxytocin receptors in…

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Pig

The anatomy and function of organ systems in pigs are very similar to that of humans.  Pig and human hearts and their associated blood vessels are approximately the same size and structure. Thus pigs are a valuable model in understanding heart function, disease, and treatment. Both pigs and people are…

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Fruit Fly

Fruit flies have helped to develop drugs designed to treat a range of diseases from skin infections and genetic disorders to pneumonia, and meningitis. Some of the recent research with fruit flies has focused on understanding Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, spastic paraplegia, cancer, obesity and insomnia.

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Turning Piglets Into Personalized Avatars for Sick Kids

  A team of scientists wants to accelerate research into a genetic disorder by using CRISPR to copy unique mutations from affected children into pigs. [caption id="attachment_977" align="alignright" width="291"] A gene-edited pig with an NF-1 mutation. Photo credit: Jeff Miller / University of Wisconsin-Madison[/caption] When Charles Konsitzke and Dhanu Shanmuganayagam…

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Baboon Playground

These baboons are needed as a model for a variety of studies, including research focused on understanding the genetics of complex diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders. These two baboons are males socially housed in a baboon corral with other male baboons. They are seated on climbing structures…

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