Mice really do like to run in wheels

By Sarah Zielinski, 10:24 AM May 21, 2014

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Give a mouse a wheel, and he’ll be sure to run. Lots of scientific studies have depended on that behavior to test the effects of exercise on health. There’s been some concern, though, that wheel running is not a natural behavior and thus not a good stand-in for human exercise. Maybe the captive mice are just acting out a neurosis, the thinking goes.

But it turns out that even though the wheel may not be natural for mice, wheel running is. When scientists stuck a wheel out in natu...

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