Why are mice always a “proof”?

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia

They often use scientific experimental evidence animal as a test object and mice are one of the main animals. Because rodent Is she the one who is often chosen as the ‘victim’?

Scientists rely on mice as experimental victims for several reasons, one of which is convenience. Small rodents are easy to place and care for and easily adapt to new environments.

Reported by Live sciencethese animals also reproduce rapidly and have a short lifespan of two to three years, so that several generations of mice can be observed in a relatively short period of time.


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So rats are also relatively cheap and can be bought in bulk from commercial producers who breed rodents specifically for research.

These rodents are also generally non-aggressive and docile, which makes them easy for researchers to handle, although some types of mice may be more difficult to control than others.

According to the National Human Genome Research Institute, most of the mice used in medical studies are consanguineous, so apart from the sex differences, they are almost genetically identical. This helps to make the results of medical trials more uniform.

Another reason these rodents are used as sacrifices in medical tests is that their genetic, biological and behavioral characteristics are very similar to those of humans. Furthermore, many of the symptoms of the human condition can be replicated in mice.

“Rats and mice are mammals that share many processes with humans and are well suited to answer many research questions,” said Jenny Haliski, representative of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (NIH).

Over the past two decades, the genetic similarity has grown stronger. Scientists can now even breed genetically modified mice called “transgenic mice”. These mice carry genes similar to those that cause disease in humans.

Researchers can also deactivate or deactivate certain genes, creating “knockout mice”. This type of rat can be used to evaluate the effects of carcinogenic (carcinogenic) chemicals and evaluate the safety of drugs.

Although there are many reasons that make mice victims of the researchers’ experiments, it is argued that laboratory mice suffered wild species degradation because they lived in captivity.

This means that the mice have lost some of their value as a test model.

As quoted by Kent ScientificConcerns about the domestication of laboratory mice then gave rise to arguments in favor of resuming wildlife studies in addition to mice that had undergone controlled genetic mutations for decades.

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