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University of Edinburgh called upon to stop ‘behavioural despair tests’ on mice

CW: depression, suicide The Ferret (an investigative journalism outfit) has reported that animal rights groups, including Peta, have urged Edinburgh University to stop using the ‘behavioural despair test’. Behavioural despair tests, or Porsolt swim tests, which from now on will be called Forced Swim Tests (FST) are a widely used experiment to measure the efficacy […]

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The naked truth about mole-rats

Recent work suggests that naked mole-rats are highly durable, resistant to many diseases, and seemingly live without ageing.   The naked mole-rat has stood out to scientists for some time, as they have a lifespan of over 30 years – 5 times greater than would normally be expected for a rodent of their size. In […]