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Recent articles in the scientific press have questioned whether the 3Rs should be replaced by a broader ethical framework for animal research.

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The NC3Rs has established a new strategic collaboration with konfer to provide small companies and academic researchers with a platform to showcase their 3Rs tools and technologies to a wide audience – enabling access to new partners and funding and

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Earlier this year, NC3Rs staff met with animal technicians from different universities around the UK to discuss the ways they introduce new environmental enrichment into their facilities.

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In this guest blog post, Professor Paul Flecknell and Jon Gledhill of FLAIRE Learning share the e-learning resources they’ve developed for those working with laboratory animals and how e-learning can complement more traditional training approaches.

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Running a 3Rs award scheme is one way that biopharmaceutical companies can support scientists and animal care staff to put the 3Rs into practice. In this guest blog post, Paul Finnemore and Stewart Owen share how AstraZeneca is supporting

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Seven teams have been awarded funding in the 2019 CRACK IT Challenges competition, which brings together industry, academia and SMEs to develop marketable products or improve business processes that will have a significant 3Rs impact.

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It’s time to empty your file drawers, tidy up your hard drives and clean up your act when it comes to your data! We have recently added four new article types to our gateway, which will enable NC3Rs researchers to share small pieces of work and

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We have awarded four new NC3Rs Training Fellowships, totalling £512k, to support the development of talented 3Rs-minded postdoctoral researchers.

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Animal care staff at the University of Dundee's Medical School Resources Unit (MSRU) have put a number of refinements into practice over the past 18 months, including improving environmental enrichment and refining their breeding colonies.

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