• Aww, rats: Australian research rodents prove to be poor earners

    Australia’s primary supplier of rodents for scientific research is closing down in a couple of ye...

    The most expensive rat on the menu at the Animal Resources Centre (ARC), in Western Australia, costs $872.13. The pri...

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  • Of mice and media

    Papers with “mice” in the title receive less media attention – but more accurate coverage.

    A study in PLOS Biology has spotted a link between studies on mice and their media coverage: when the paper omits “mi...

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  • A mouse’s brain, mapped out

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  • Space travel may prompt cartilage damage

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  • Rethink mouse experiment protocols

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  • Accidental outcomes tell a tale of mouse tails

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