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We have recently committed £494k to support four new Training Fellows to acquire 3Rs research experience, with guidance from a dedicated mentor.

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John Waters, Chief Animal Technician at the University of Liverpool has won the Outstanding Technician of the Year award at the THE Awards, widely recognised as the ‘Oscars of the higher education sector’.

Animal technician John Waters stands in an experimental maze, wearing PPE and holding a mouse in a clear plastic tube.

New research published in Scientific Reports demonstrates that skin swabbing provides a less invasive method of DNA collection from small laboratory fish than the commonly used method of fin clipping, with the potential to have a wide impact upon


Europe is home to a vibrant 3Rs community with a range of organisations who fund or promote science and technology developments that lead to opportunities to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in research.

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Up to £3.5 million funding is available through the 2020 CRACK IT Challenges competition to solve five Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors.

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