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Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals

By | August 21, 2017

Experiments that place untethered fish, flies, and mice in simulated environments give clues about the animals’ social behavior.

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First In Vivo Function Found for Animal Circular RNA

By | August 10, 2017

Mice lacking the RNA had deregulated microRNAs in the brain, disrupted synaptic communication, and behavioral abnormalities associated with neuropsychiatric disorders.

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Infographic: Plastics’ Effects

By | June 1, 2017

Lab studies suggest that plastic pollutants in the environment could have detrimental effects on animals’ physiology.

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Binge-Eating Neurons Identified

By | May 26, 2017

Inducing activity in the zona incerta region of the brain prompts mice to gorge themselves.

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Mouse experiments indicate that, contrary to observations in pregnant women, reactive oxygen species contribute to normal placental development.

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Upgraded Photoswitch for Vision Repair

By | April 13, 2017

Researchers improve on a technique to use a light-stimulated small molecule to confer longer-term photosensitivity to the retinal cells of blind mice.

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A mouse study reveals a causal link between changes in intestinal microbiota and increasing inflammation as the rodents age.

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Hormone Released by Bone Suppresses Appetite

By | March 8, 2017

A protein secreted by osteoblasts crosses the blood-brain barrier to regulate hunger in mice.

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How Much Do Sex Differences Matter in Mouse Studies?

By | February 24, 2017

Examining both male and female model organisms is worth the extra effort and added costs, most experts maintain, but whether the results translate to human studies is less clear.  

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image: Study: Zika Shrinks Testicular Tissue in Mice

Study: Zika Shrinks Testicular Tissue in Mice

By | February 23, 2017

The virus may persist in testes even after the infection is no longer detectable in blood, leading to sexual transmission of the disease and fertility impairments.

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