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May 24, 2016

Study Identifies Unexpected Mutation in Commonly Used Research Mice

May 19, 2016 — A strain of inbred mice commonly used for the creation of so-called knockout animals has been found to carry a previously undetected mutation that could affect the results of immune system research ... read more

Using Precision-Genetics in Pigs to Beat Cancer

May 13, 2016 — Because of their similarities to people, using new technology in pigs turn up as a valuable alternative to rodent models of ... read more

May 5, 2016 — The ongoing Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic with its link to birth defects and serious immune disease has created an urgent need for a small animal model that can improve our understanding of how the ... read more

Mar. 24, 2016 — Two new gene modification methods have been developed: lsODN (long single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotide) and 2H2OP (two-hit two-oligo with plasmid). These methods use CRISPR (Clustered Regularly ... read more

Mar. 23, 2016 — Scientists have looked into the brains of living mice to see in real time the processing of sensory information and generation of behavioral responses. To do so, researchers developed a line of ... read more

Mar. 18, 2016 — The best laid plans of mice and men are a bit different -- at least when it comes to kidney development. Compared to a mouse, a human has nearly 100 times more nephrons, the functional units of the ... read more

Rat Problems in Poor Neighborhoods Linked to Depressive Symptoms

Mar. 16, 2016 — Residents of Baltimore's low-income neighborhoods who believe rats are a big problem where they live are significantly more likely to suffer from depressive symptoms such as sadness and anxiety, ... read more

Mar. 16, 2016 — Lactobacillus might sound familiar when the topic of probiotics comes up, but they are only one of many types of bacteria that have proven health benefits.  In a new study researchers have shown ... read more

Mar. 9, 2016 — The number of overweight people is increasing worldwide -- and thus the risk of developing diabetes or cardiovascular disease. For this reason, many dream of an active substance which would simply ... read more

Mar. 7, 2016 — The bad intentions that often precede violence originate in a specific brain region, according to a study in mice. The work is the first, say the study authors, to tie warning signs of premeditated ... read more

Rapid Evolution in Mouse Genitalia Tracked Down to Small Collection of Genes

Mar. 3, 2016 — Bacula -- the bones in the penises of many animals -- vary dramatically in shape and size from species to species. Studying mice, researchers have now determined that just a small number of genes ... read more

Female Fertility Is Dependent on Functional Expression of the E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Itch

Feb. 29, 2016 — Protein ubiquitination is known to result in its proteasomal degradation or to serve as a signal for tissue-specific cellular functions. Here it is reported that mice with a mutant form of the E3 ... read more

Feb. 18, 2016 — Researchers have spent decades trying to replace the insulin-producing pancreatic cells, called beta cells, that are lost in diabetes. Now researchers have discovered that tissue from the lower ... read more

Social Animals Seek out the Company of Others Because Their Brains Are Wired to Find It Rewarding

Feb. 11, 2016 — Social animals are strongly motivated to seek out the company of others, especially after periods of isolation, because their brains are wired to find it rewarding. A study now reveals a neural ... read more

Purified Cashew Proteins Lend Insight Into Allergic Reactions

Feb. 3, 2016 — It's well known that peanuts can cause severe reactions in people who are allergic, but research suggests that the risk of developing a life-threatening reaction could be higher for those ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Live mouse progeny can be generated with assisted reproduction using germ cells from males without any Y chromosome genes. In these males, the two Y genes previously demonstrated to be essential for ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — A new mouse-human modeling system has been created that could be used to study neural crest development as well as the modeling of a variety of neural crest related diseases, including such cancers ... read more

Rats Pose Health Threat to Poultry, Humans

Jan. 14, 2016 — Rats can absorb disease agents from their local environment and spread them, according to a new study. The results also indicate that the threat rats pose to the health of poultry and humans has been ... read more

Teenager Infected With Rat-Bite Fever from Her Pet Rodent

Dec. 23, 2015 — A 17-year-old woman was infected with the rare, but treatable rat-bite fever, that developed from pet rodents that lived in her bedroom, report the doctors who treated ... read more

Understanding Body Language of Mice

Dec. 16, 2015 — Mouse behavior naturally divides into movement motifs lasting less than a second. These 'behavioral syllables' can be reused by the brain to achieve specific ... read more

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