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The 2018 CRACK IT Challenges are now live. This year's competition consists of three Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors.

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We recently sponsored three events as part of the worldwide Pint of Science festival, which brings researchers into local pubs every May to talk about their work.

A person holding a Organs-on-chips device. It has a red horizontal line and a blue vertical line. In the center is a red square

Launching today, the NC3Rs Gateway is a new publication portal on the F1000Research publication platform dedicated to the 3Rs, featuring methodology articles, reviews and source data that describe in detail how the use of animals in research can be

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The NC3Rs is once again sponsoring public engagement events around the UK as part of this year's Pint of Science festival.

The Pint of Science with the NC3Rs logo on a green background

Seven teams have been awarded funding in the 2017 CRACK IT Challenge 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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Researchers at Newcastle University have found that picking up laboratory mice by the tail makes them less responsive to reward, suggesting a more depressive-like state compared to mice handled using a tunnel1. This finding adds to previous studies

A scientist using the alternative tunnel handling for a mouse

Researchers from the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford, funded by the NC3Rs, have developed a new self-structuring model of bone tissue in vitro that can be used instead of experiments on live animals to study bone formation and maturation

Cells at the surface of constructs imaged using scanned electron microscopy