What can a mouse tell us about human health?Why do so many studies use mice as their primary testing subject, and how much can a mouse really tell us about human health?
Meet the humble lab mouse
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It’s ironic that the same rodents we work so hard to eradicate from our kitchen cabinets we also rely upon to save our lives…or at least vastly improve them.
Despite our discomfort with them, the Mus musculus (the common house mouse) has been used for decades now to unlock complex medical mysteries and develop new drugs.
But why are mice used so often and what can they really tell us about human disease?