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Ethics of research involving animals
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics today announced a new Working Party to consider the ethics of research involving animals. There is considerable discomfort about the use of animals in research, but also a widespread acceptance of the need to do more medical research, which currently involves the use of animals. "We believe there is a need for a rigorous ethical debate on the topic. We... View News Article (2003-03-17)

Kids' books featuring animals with human traits lead to less learning of the natural world
A new study by University of Toronto researchers has found that kids' books featuring animals with human characteristics not only lead to less factual learning but also influence children's reasoning about animals. View News Article (2014-03-26)

Some animals won't adapt to climate change
In a fascinating study appearing in the November issue of The American Naturalist, biologists investigated the response of small animals to climate change on a remote sub-Antarctic Island. View News Article (2006-11-14)

Felix Wankel Prize For The Protection Of Animals In Research 2002
The Felix-Wankel Prize for the Protection of Animals in Research is awarded for outstanding innovative research which results in experiments on or with living animals being replaced or limited. The prize has a value 26 000 EUR (approx. 50 000.- DM) and is awarded annually. On the occasion of Felix Wankel' s 100th birthday a special prize will be awarded in addition in 2002. Dr. Ing. Felix... View News Article (2001-10-22)

UCLA/VA research analysis in journal Nature explains wide variations in animal sleep habits
An extensive research analysis by a neuroscientist at UCLA's Semel Institute and the Veterans Affairs' Neurobiology Research Laboratory concludes that environment and diet largely determine sleep needs. View News Article (2005-10-27)

Clean living is a luxury wild animals can't afford, study suggests
Domestic animals will choose to steer clear of dirt - but their wild cousins can't be so picky and may be at increased risk of disease as a result.  View News Article (2013-10-21)

Researchers find local wildlife protection safeguards entire range
Wildlife conservation strategies may better protect mammals from human activities by treating animals' ranges as multiple interacting small populations, a study finds.  View News Article (2011-02-23)

Living fossil roams the seas
Fossil' fish coelacanth, first dragged up along the coast of South Africa in 1938, having been considered extinct for 65 million years. Because of its close resemblance to land animals, it has attracted attention to the subject of a 'missing link' between tetrapods and humans. View News Article (2005-07-13)

Leading the pack in following the herd
A few in the know can lead the many, according to new research into travelling animal groups carried out by the universities of Leeds and Oxford. Crowds of Leeds biology undergraduates will be observed to test their theory later this year. View News Article (2005-02-23)

The social care function of farm animals
Farm animals can play a valuable role in the lives of children and adults with psychological problems or a mental handicap. Social care farms and children's farms can improve the quality of their life, as shown by interviews with counsellors and managers of children's farms and social care farmers. The interviews were conducted by researchers from Plant Research International, as commissioned by... View News Article (2002-04-22)

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