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Do you know your 3Rs?
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

Whether you work on zebrafish, mice or frogs, it has never been so important for scientists to demonstrate ethical practices when using animals in research. Between 29 June-1st July, over 60 delegates met in London at the SEB Animal Symposium, “Improving experimental approaches in animal biology: Implementing the 3Rs” to share ideas and best practice for reduction, refinement and replacement in animal experiments.

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Heat wave
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

Climate change has been at the core of science for the past few decades. The predicted global increase in temperature will also be accompanied by ocean acidification. Research on the subject has largely focused on aerobic scope which is linked to whole-animal performance (including growth, reproduction and overall fitness). In addition, special attention has been given to marine ectotherms as they do not regulate their body temperature, but we still lack a unifying pattern to predict the effects that elevated temperature and high CO2 will have on these organisms.

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In conversation with Peter Aerts
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

By his own admission, Peter Aerts, professor of Biology at the University of Antwerp, is a self-made biomechanicist. “Simple is beautiful,” he says. “If you can reduce the complex to the essentials then you can start to answer the basic questions and address the fundamental principles.”

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Taking to the skies
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

‘On a wing and a prayer’ is certainly not how birds control their flight patterns, in fact quite the opposite. Research from the recent SEB Meeting in Brighton shows that, whether it’s during foraging, migration or everyday ‘gadding about’, bird physiology is highly tuned to help them to navigate all sorts of environments. Some of these mechanisms are even inspiring new aviation innovations which could be used in drones or other, as yet, unidentified flying objects.