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Monthly Archives: June 2021

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Swine Brain Development as a Research Model for Human Neurology

Humans and swine are known to have great similarities when it comes to anatomy and physiology, making swine an excellent model for research. This article is very interesting because it shows that early swine brain development is very similar to that of humans. It is intriguing to see how these animals compare to children (both at early ages and weights) in their MRI imaging. It is always great to be able to have the research be directly applicable to humans, because the diagnostic tool is one that is being used with people currently. Humans have MRIs done easily and it is something that can easily be instituted to help diagnose children with neurologic disorders. This study focused on body weight rather than age when it came to matching the children to the pigs, and it was found that this method of matching between animal and human worked out very well. There was a little bit of variation in certain chemical levels (CBF) that were being measured but that may also be linked to the anesthesia drugs that were used to anesthetize the animals. This research is very promising and will certainly help future children.

At Animal Biotech, we take great pride in the part that we’ve played in this sort of research. We not only provide live research swine and porcine tissue: we’re also here to offer our expertise on the proper care and housing of live animals.

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The Pig as a Model for the Study of Obesity and of Control of Food Intake

This research study published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine found that people and swine are very similar physiologically in the way that they store fat, and in the size of their fat cells. Scientists are studying the genetics involved in porcine that are lean versus porcine that show much more fat storage. With obesity being a large problem with the human population these days, as well as people’s desire to achieve healthy weights, this research is critical to attaining our collective physical fitness goals. It is fortunate that swine are so similar to people in their fat storage methods.

For more than 30 years, Animal Biotech has helped research teams do this kind of work by providing live porcine models and porcine tissue.  In addition, we also offer clients expertise in the proper testing, care and housing of live animals.

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