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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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Thrombectomy Study in Pigs

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.

We’re proud of the work our animals help researchers accomplish and look forward to contributing research swine to help in similar breakthroughs in the future.

In addition to offering live porcine models and porcine tissue, we’re also happy to offer clients our expertise in selecting the right animal model and/or animal tissue to utilize in their research.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you make your next discovery with the help of our high-quality animal models and tissues.

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Comparison of Domestic Pig and Human Cruciate Ligaments

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.

Live Animal Model: Pigs in Virus Research

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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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Scientists Regenerate Leg Muscles Using Pig Bladder Tissue

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They were men who had suffered unimaginable injuries.

Two of them were ex-soldiers, wounded by explosives. They had lost anywhere from 60 to 90 percent of the muscles in their legs.

Things seemed hopeless even after surgery and physical therapy. Then came an experimental study, involving pig bladders from research swine.

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Research Swine Production Will Benefit From Vaccines Being Developed Against PEDv

In June of this year the USDA set aside $3.9 million for two licensed animal vaccine companies to develop vaccines for PEDv. To date that money has not made it to them.  The two companies, Zoetis and Harrisvaccines, however have developed vaccines and are currently field testing them.

Both are testing vaccine administered to research swine sows of infected herds for the purpose of developing passive immunity through milk colostrum for their piglets. The Zoetis vaccine went on the market in September and the company is collecting efficacy and potency data.  The Harrisvaccine, likewise, is being tested on select farms as well. Preliminary data from both companies looks promising as the litters from vaccinated sows are showing low death losses and minimal diarrhea as compared to control groups.

Please click to read the The New York Times article: Farmers Gain Weapon Against Devastating Pig Virus by Stephanie Strom. Oct. 9, 2014