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2012 could be a good year for chimpanzees now that a national report has recommended ending the use of chimps as research subjects. According to the report the National Institutes of Health should prohibit the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research except under stringent circumstances.
Ted Batemen, an associate professor in UNC and NC State’s Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, helped design an experiment with NASA. The experiment sent mice into space to study bone tissue growth. Batemen’s team found that the placebo mice lost bone mass as expected, and the drug-treated mice gained bone.
Opossums are serving as powerful biomedical tools in studies being conducted by Dr. William Jurgelsky at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, near Raleigh. The newborn opossum is much like a two-month old human fetus in its ability to serve as a unique animal model for testing the effect of suspected toxins on infant development. This article discusses Jurgelsky’s experiments and discoveries in fetal development.