Latest Muroid rodents Stories

2012-03-19 10:14:27

House mice (Mus musculus) happily live wherever there are humans. When populations of humans migrate the mice often travel with them. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology has used evolutionary techniques on modern day and ancestral mouse mitochondrial DNA to show that the timeline of mouse colonization matches that of Viking invasion. During the Viking age (late 8th to mid 10th century) Vikings from Norway established colonies across...

2011-07-22 06:15:00

A new study shows how house mice found unexpected ways to evolve resistance to a common poison and thrive, despite humanity's best efforts to keep them at bay. Rice University researchers analyzed a genetic mutation that has given ordinary European house mice this extraordinary ability. The gene in question, known as vkorc1, is present in all mammals and manages vitamin K.  They found that a mutation to vkorc1 makes mice resistant to warfarin, an anticoagulant used as a blood thinner...

2011-04-19 09:15:00

BISMARCK, N.D., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ahh--April. It's Earth Month and also National Pest Management Month, which together bring to mind mice and rats, the most destructive, annoying creatures on Planet Earth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101007/CG78327LOGO) Rodents do hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of damage in the U.S. every year. They shred wire, plastic, fabric, and wood. They can infect humans and pets with 60 known diseases. One amorous mouse couple...

2009-06-23 09:20:53

A Minnesota woman who died from hantavirus may have contracted the rodent-linked disease during a trip through the Grand Canyon, authorities said. The woman, whose name and hometown were not released, died June 12 at a hospital outside Arizona, said Trish Lees, a spokeswoman for the Coconino County, Ariz., Health Department. The woman, in her early 50s, may have contracted the disease during a family boating trip on the Colorado River in mid- to late-May, Lees told the Arizona Daily Sun,...

2009-02-20 13:21:16

Nearly everyone at the Palm Beach County Courthouse has a mouse tale to tell since a rodent population boom began, the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post said Friday. Something has caused the number of mice infesting the building to balloon to the point they are a common site scampering around during trials and even falling out of the ceiling. They're so cute, joked case manager Nancy Dixon. We like to put a positive spin on our mice. The Post said the rodent problem has gotten to the point that...

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...

Latest Muroid rodents Reference Libraries

African Pygmy Mouse, Mus minutoides
2012-05-15 07:41:59

The African pygmy mouse (Mus minutoides) can be found in the sub-Saharan areas of Africa. This mouse, perhaps the smallest of all rodents, can also be found living as pets around the world. Being social creatures, African pygmy mice will live in colonies preferably around water in grassy areas. When kept as pets, the mice cannot be left alone. Although the underbelly of the African pygmy mouse is a pale white, the rest of fur is colored reddish orange. The triangular ears, although small,...

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