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2010-09-02 12:15:13

A new study from the Center for Interdisciplinary Chronobiological Research at the University of Haifa has found an additional link between Light At Night (LAN) and cancer. This research joins a series of earlier studies carried out at the University of Haifa that also established the correlation. "High power light bulbs contribute more to "Ëœenvironmental light pollution', which the study has shown is a carcinogenic pollution," notes Prof. Abraham Haim, who headed the study....

2010-06-04 09:30:00

The researchers have named the pheromone 'darcin', after Jane Austen's hero in Pride and Prejudice, Mr Darcy. Darcin stimulates females to 'learn' an individual male's scent, reinforcing their memory of sexual attraction to that same male. Previous studies have shown that many mammals, from mice to elephants, use urine to communicate sexual attractiveness. In mice, females learn attraction to a male's scent through contact with urine and recall their attraction when the scent is detected at a...

2010-06-03 13:55:45

The pheromone that attracts female mice to the odour of a particular male has been identified. Named 'darcin' by researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology (after Darcy, the attractive hero in Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice"), this unusual protein in a male's urine attracts females and is responsible for learned preference for specific males. Jane Hurst led a team of researchers from the University of Liverpool to carry out the study on over 450 captive bred adult...

2009-05-27 10:50:00

An international team of researchers have finished sequencing the mouse genome after a 10-year effort. Their new paper explores exactly what distinguishes our genome from that of the lab mouse, BBC News reported. Researchers in laboratories around the world have made the tiny mouse their experimental workhorse and scientists are now confident this high-quality genome sequence will aid in the fight against human disease. Experts say possessing a greater understanding of the genetic code of...

2009-04-01 12:09:59

A U.S.-led team of scientists says just as no two humans are the same, treating mice more as individuals in laboratory testing reduces erroneous results. Purdue University researchers say their findings show the customary practice of standardizing mice by trying to limit environmental variation in laboratories actually increases the chance of getting an incorrect result. The study, led by Assistant Professor Joseph Garner of Purdue and Professor Hanno Wurbel of the Justus-Liebig University of...

2009-01-12 09:30:00

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have identified a new enzyme that plays a far more important role than expected in controlling the breakdown of fat. In a new study to be published Jan. 11 in the journal Nature Medicine, researchers report that mice that have had this enzyme disabled remained lean despite eating a high-fat diet and losing a hormone that suppresses appetite. "We have discovered a new enzyme within fat cells that is a key regulator of fat metabolism and...

2008-12-19 10:28:32

The fabled laboratory mouse "” from which we have learned so much about how the immune system works "” can teach us only so much about how we humans get sick and what to do about it, says a leading researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine.The time has come for immunologists to start weaning themselves from experimental rodents and to embark on a bold, industrial-scale assault on the causes and treatment of specifically human disease, writes immunologist Mark Davis,...

2008-10-01 15:20:00

Scientists in the UK are studying the genes of mice with the goal of tracking human migration patterns throughout history. York University professor Jeremy Searle and colleagues collected genetic data of house mice from more than 100 locations across the UK. One strain in particular was noted to have arrived with the Vikings. Scientists say rodents provide a historic map of past human ventures because the small rodents often accompanied travelers when they set off in search of new places to...

2008-04-29 11:05:00

Scientists in Melbourne, Australia have reported that they may have discovered a new method of cell manipulation that could potentially be used to create revolutionary fat-burning drugs.Researchers at the Howard Florey Institute removed the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) from lab mice. After removal, they noted significant changes in the mice's metabolisms. On average, mice that were missing the enzyme weighed 20 percent less than the other mice, and had up to 60 percent less body...

2008-01-14 15:55:00

Obesity quick fix unlikely; problem even more complex than previously thoughtPHILADELPHIA "“ Reporting in the online journal BMC Genetics, researchers from the Monell Center have for the first time attempted to count the number of genes that contribute to obesity and body weight. The findings suggest that over 6,000 genes "“ about 25 percent of the genome "“ help determine an individual's body weight. "Reports describing the discovery of a new "Ëœobesity gene' have...

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House Mouse, Mus musculus
2012-05-01 11:42:07

Even in the wild, this rodent is associated with humans by destroying crops and stored food. The house mouse is also known as the fancy mouse, a common pet. It is also a widely used laboratory animal, important for testing in genetics, biology, and medicine. There are three recognized subspecies of the house mouse. These mice thrive in a number of locations including fields, houses, and commercial structures. An adult male house mouse can have a body length of up to 3.9 in, and tail length...

2007-08-10 16:14:02

The Common House Mouse (Mus musculus), is the most numerous species of the genus Mus. It is the most common and populous mammalian species on earth, besides humans. House mice almost always live in close proximity to humans. Laboratory mice belong to strains of house mice and are some of the most important model organisms in biology and medicine. They are by far the most commonly used laboratory mammal. House mice are light brown to black, with short hair and a light belly. The ears and...

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