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.
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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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Stents have long been a part of the lives of people. It is critical to keep clots and emboli in check to maintain the vascular health of people. Stent retriever mechanical thrombectomy is used standardly in treatment of strokes. The research done in this article on thrombectomy in acute stroke treatment is groundbreaking. The NeVa thrombectomy device is showing that it is able to collect and therefore remove large clot occlusions from the vascular system and achieve near-full to full reperfusion. The design of the device lends itself very well to capturing these clots. Swine are the model of choice for this study because their vascular system so closely matches the human vascular system.
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This research published in the Journal of Anatomy was done to compare human and porcine cruciate ligaments (namely the ACL and PCL) in their form and function. The similarity of these two ligaments between people and swine are amazing. It was noted, however, that the pig and the person differ in their gaits and it is difficult to fully match their movements and tensions on the ligaments. Still, researchers are finding that people and swine are similar enough to be able to compare them on many other levels and their findings will benefit people with ligament injuries with further research.
Animal Biotech is pleased to play a role in this sort of research, offering live research swine and porcine tissue – along with expertise on proper animal care – to the biomedical world. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you with your next project.
Research swine are playing an important role in the global fight against COVID-19, with live animal models helping to both create a vaccine and address the worldwide ventilator shortage.
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Regular readers of our blog have probably picked up on a pattern: story after story about how porcine models have helped lead to breakthroughs that can improve human health.
From Parkinson’s disease to diabetes to pediatric nutrition, there are numerous examples of this phenomenon. Here are a few that we’ve noted recently.
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Super-dosing of phytase in young pigs has been shown to improve their iron levels, according to a study conducted by AB Vista.
Newborn piglets typically receive injected iron supplements, as they are born with low stores of iron and their mothers’ milk is not able to provide the needed iron requirements.
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Pig models have been instrumental in advances in pediatric nutrition. It’s yet another example of how the biological similarities between research swine and people have helped in human medical research.
A 2017 report by the neuroscience program at the University of Illinois’ Department of Animal Science looked at the scope of this research.
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Can pig islet cells offer a way to combat Parkinson’s disease?
That’s what researchers at Living Cell Technologies in New Zealand hope to learn with the help of research swine.
Over the past few years, this firm has been implanting cells from the choroid plexus of a pig into the brains of Parkinson’s patients to attempt to stop the illness’ progression.
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Research swine are contributing to research studies that focus on restorative therapies to replace lost or diseased human tissues.
While the amount of suitable human cells for transplantation is lacking, porcine cells offer researchers a suitable, and much more available, alternative.
In 2014, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh found that cells derived from porcine organs – in this case, bladders – could work with human stem cells help build muscles in the legs of five men who had suffered severe injuries, including two soldiers injured by IEDs.
All five had suffered from nearly 60 percent to 90 percent of leg muscle loss, and had undergone surgery and physical therapy, with no success.
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