By Wayne Carter, University of Nottingham
Well it won’t, completely, but it may go some way to reduce the number of animals used in drug development. Drugs need to undergo extensive safety and toxicity testing before being made available to the public on the shelves of a pharmacy.
Continue reading Will better toxicity testing sound death knell for animal experimentation?
By Debosree Pal, JNCASR, India
Dating back to around 1500 B.C, diabetes had found its first mention in Egyptian manuscripts. It was only much later, in the first century A.D. that the term diabetes meaning ‘siphon’ was coined by Aretaeus. Mellitus meaning ‘honey’ was coined by the British Surgeon-General John Rollo later in 1798 to refer to the high glucose content found in the urine of people with the condition.
Continue reading Are we taking the epidemic nature of diabetes seriously enough?
By Ian O’Neill, Quadram Institute Bioscience, Norwich, UK
Over the past two decades the research into the ‘microbiome’ has increased substantially and has revealed that there are complex ecosystems of microbes living on or within us from birth.
Continue reading Lending a helping hand: Can probiotics treat inflammatory bowel disease?
By Gareth Raynes, Aberystwyth University
The human microbiome is becoming more widely known and extensively studied. However, we’re not unique in having our own personal legions of friendly bacteria. Not only do other animals have extensive microbiomes, plants do too.
Continue reading Phyte club: inside the plant microbiome