animal models of disease

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Mimicking COVID-19 in Macaques

A rhesus macaque model of COVID-19 suggests that primates can shed SARS-CoV-2 virus from the nose and stool for nearly a month after infection.

Inflammation Implicated In Diabetic Kidney Disease

A mouse model of diabetic nephropathy suggests that inflammation and immune responsiveness may determine whether diabetics suffer from kidney disease.

Schizophrenia And Parkinson’s Disease Share Common Mechanism

Using mice bearing a specific chromosomal deletion, researchers have found that schizophrenia and early-onset Parkinson’s disease may share a common underlying pathway.

Turning The Hourglass Sideways

Science is challenging the notion that aging is an inescapable fact of life. Here are six strategies that have been shown to prolong life in model organisms, and, in some cases, even humans.

Gene-Edited Pigs Better Model Huntington’s Disease

Using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system, researchers have developed a pig model of Huntington’s disease that better mimics how the disease progresses in humans.

Growing The Model Organism Menagerie

Yeast, flies and worms may be mainstays in biology laboratories, but non-traditional model organisms like salamanders, giant protists and tardigrades are fast becoming easier to study.

Chinese Scientists Successfully Clone Macaques

The twin macaques, named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, are the first primates to be cloned using somatic cell nuclear transfer.

Understanding Autism Through A Monkey’s Brain

A monkey model of autism could help researchers better understand the disease in humans.

Monkeys Genetically Modified To Show Autism-Like Behavior

A monkey model of autism which more closely mimics the condition in humans could help researchers understand what causes the disease.

MERS Vaccine Unlikely Soon, Experts Say

Due to the difficulty of finding a suitable animal model to study the disease, researchers do not expect a working MERS vaccine within the next few years.