What happens if we take laboratory mice outside?

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

Associate professor Andrea Graham and graduate student Jackie Leung drafted a kid-friendly version of their research on mice in Biomedical Science Journal for Kids.  The bodies of humans and mice have a lot in common. So scientists often use mice (Mus musculus) as a model organism (or stand-in) to mimic human diseases and discover how the body can stay healthy. Scientists usually keep mice in super clean environments and test them under constant conditions. But most humans don’t live in labs! So how well can a mouse model represent real life? The scientists decided to test how a realistic environment impacts the ability of mice to fight off intestinal worms.

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