In research, it matters whether you're a man or a mouse

Questions arise about relevance of studies with mice to trauma in humans

By Tina Hesman Saey, 14:59 PM February 11, 2013

Mice are poor stand-ins for people in experiments on some types of inflammation, a new study concludes. But some scientists say that critique discounts the value of mouse studies, and that many biomedical experiments simply couldn’t be done without the animals.

More attention — and money — should go toward studying disease in people than on mouse research, a consortium of scientists contends online February 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Too often, researchers m...

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