Australian Research Faces Impending Scarcity of Lab Rodents
Australian Research Faces Impending Scarcity of Lab Rodents
The Australian biomedical research community is stunned by the announced wind-down of the country’s biggest supplier of mice and rats.
Australian Research Faces Impending Scarcity of Lab Rodents
Australian Research Faces Impending Scarcity of Lab Rodents

The Australian biomedical research community is stunned by the announced wind-down of the country’s biggest supplier of mice and rats.

The Australian biomedical research community is stunned by the announced wind-down of the country’s biggest supplier of mice and rats.

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Image of the Day: Reversing Arthritis
Image of the Day: Reversing Arthritis
Amy Schleunes | Jan 28, 2020
A combination of two drugs appears to restore cartilage in rats.
Image of the Day: Mind Altering
Image of the Day: Mind Altering
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 11, 2019
A study in rats finds that tiny doses of the psychedelic drug DMT may yield positive effects for anxiety and depression, but there could be downsides too.
Rat Remains Reveal Landscape Changes Wrought by Human Settlement of Polynesia
Rat Remains Reveal Landscape Changes Wrought by Human Settlement of Polynesia
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2018
Isotope changes in the bones demonstrate a similar pattern across far-flung islands.
Parkinson’s Disease Enzyme Implicated in More Cases Than Realized
Parkinson’s Disease Enzyme Implicated in More Cases Than Realized
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 2, 2018

Levels of active LRRK2 were high even in Parkinson’s patients without a mutation in LRRK2, suggesting that inhibitors of the protein could treat a wider patient population than expected.

Rat Infestation Takes a Toll on Nearby Coral Reefs
Rat Infestation Takes a Toll on Nearby Coral Reefs
Shawna Williams | Jul 12, 2018
A study shows that by killing off seabirds on islands, rodents slash the flow of nutrients into the ocean.
Image of the Day: 3-D Nanofibers
Image of the Day: 3-D Nanofibers
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Mar 7, 2018
Researchers created a nanofibrous scaffold to see how it supports cell growth.
Gigantic “Tree Lobsters” Not Extinct After All
Gigantic “Tree Lobsters” Not Extinct After All
Catherine Offord | Oct 8, 2017
Researchers identify the Lord Howe Island stick insect on the remains of a large volcano in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.
Rats Are Ticklish, Sometimes
Rats Are Ticklish, Sometimes
Joshua A. Krisch | Nov 13, 2016
Researchers may have pinpointed the part of the brain that makes rats laugh when tickled.
Curbing Alcohol Dependence by Blocking a Neural Network
Curbing Alcohol Dependence by Blocking a Neural Network
Bob Grant | Sep 11, 2016
Researchers short circuit the urge to consume alcohol in rat models of compulsive drinking by shutting down specific neurons wired to the brain’s reward system.
Study Linking Cell Phone Use to Cancer Stirs Debate
Study Linking Cell Phone Use to Cancer Stirs Debate
Tanya Lewis | May 27, 2016
Exposing male rats to nonionizing radiation increased the animals’ risk of brain and heart tumors in a study, but the findings are far from conclusive.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Jenny Rood | May 21, 2015
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
NYC Rats Harbor Plague Fleas
NYC Rats Harbor Plague Fleas
Bob Grant | Mar 3, 2015
Researchers find Oriental rat fleas, the insects that can carry plague bacteria, on New York City-dwelling rodents.
May the Best Rodent Win
May the Best Rodent Win
Molly Sharlach | Jan 1, 2015
Are mice, considered by some to be the less intelligent rodent, edging out rats as laboratory models of decision making?
Rat Race
Rat Race
Molly Sharlach | Dec 31, 2014
Neuroscientist Anthony Zador explains why he uses rats to understand auditory attention in the brain.
NYC’s Pathogen-Riddled Rats
NYC’s Pathogen-Riddled Rats
Bob Grant | Oct 15, 2014
Researchers find more than a dozen brand new viruses lurking in rodents inhabiting the Big Apple.
Light’s Dark Side
Light’s Dark Side
Kate Yandell | Jul 25, 2014
Exposure to dim light at night speeds the growth of human breast cancer tumors implanted into rats and makes the cancer resistant to the drug tamoxifen.
GM Crop Concerns
Beth Marie Mole | Sep 20, 2012
A questionable study claims that rats fed approved genetically modified maize developed cancer and died early.