What are the benefits of using animals in research?
Important discoveries create cures for both humans and animals.

2022: Carolyn Bertozzi, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, shared with Morten Meldal University of Copenhagen, and
K. Barry Sharpless Scripps Research

2013: Thomas Südhof, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, shared with James Rothman of Yale University and Randy Schekman of UC Berkeley

For their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells

2006: Andrew Fire, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, shared with Craig Mello of the University of Massachusetts Medical School

For recognizing that certain RNA molecules can be used to turn off specific genes in animal cells.

Stanford Discoveries

May 18, 2023 - Wu Tsai Neuroscience Institute

To study aging, researchers give killifish the CRISPR treatment

Why do we age, and what controls our lifespans?  Once the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute faculty member Anne Brunet and colleagues learned about the short-lived African turquoise killifish, they knew it was the model organism for them. 


Image credit: Brunet Lab, Stanford University

April 13, 2023 - News Center
Researchers use skin-colonizing bacteria to create a topical cancer therapy in mice
In a study led by Stanford Medicine, researchers harnessed the skin’s immune response to bacteria to create an immunotherapy — delivered by swab — that treats aggressive tumors in mice.


Image:  Michael Fischbach, PhD, Associate Professor of Bioengineering



April 11, 2023 - Scope
Bioluminescence helps researchers develop cancer drugs for brain
A bioluminescent indicator glows when a cancer drug is active inside the brain, identifying which medications cross the blood-brain barrier.

April 5, 2023 - Scope
Making the invisible visible to improve heart surgery outcomes
Scientists find a way in mice to illuminate the cardiac conduction system during surgery to prevent unintended damage to healthy tissue.

March 14, 2023 - Scope
Inside-out engineering yields better cancer-fighting cells
Stanford Medicine researchers take a unique approach to refine engineered immune cells meant to kill cancer.


January 31, 2023
Looking for love in all the wrong hormones
Researchers have found that oxytocin, commonly known as the "love hormone" may not be crucial for the social behaviors it's known for.

Updated May 17, 2023