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Mice are the foundation for numerous advances in medicine, including therapies for cancer, heart disease, hypertension, metabolic and hormonal disorders, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, glaucoma, skin pigmentation diseases, blindness, deafness, neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, birth defects, and psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.

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Mice in Vaccine Research

Mice are the most common species involved in vaccine research. Of course, a mouse is not a human, but researchers are very familiar with the mouse immune system, which allows them to study the strengths and weaknesses of infectious diseases in order  to develop effective immunization strategies. Thanks to mice,…

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Immunodeficient mouse with caretaker

Immunodeficient mice, like this one, need specialized care to ensure their health is not compromised. They are important for several research areas including immunology, infectious disease, cancer, and organ transplantation.  These particular mice are bred so that they lack a thymus gland, which reduces the number of T cells in…

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Mice with "good cholesterol" gene

These mice are part of a study to help understand how HDL cholesterol, “the good cholesterol,"protects people from heart attacks. They are transgenic mice carrying the human gene APOA1, which produces a protein component of HDL cholesterol. Animals with this gene are highly resistant to heart disease. When they reach…

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Mouse on shower ring

This mouse is on a study to help prevent heart attacks. He lives in a shoebox cage with three other mice. His cage is cleaned regularly and he is provided with fresh food consisting of a high fat diet (to simulate humans prone to heart attacks). He sleeps during the…

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Noel the mouse

Mice are one of the most common animals needed for research.  Most mice do not usually get individual names...but sometimes a technician will develop a special bond with one of their mice, like the technician who named Noel.  Noel is a Swiss Webster mouse. Swiss Webster mice are often needed…

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