Monday, December 4, 2017

Why we need a mouse – Little mice bring big hope to the rare disease community

Animal models are important research tools for all human diseases, but they are especially crucial when it comes to understanding and figuring out treatments of rare diseases. Mouse models are the key to these researchers. Alternatives such as test tubes and computer simulations are not advanced enough to model all the interactions that go on inside a living creature. Researchers need to run experiments in whole organisms to unravel biological mechanisms and test therapies effectively. Without mice, much of today’s genetic research and medical progress would stutter to a halt.1

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1 Niewijk, Grace (2017, October 4). Why we need a mouse. Retrieved from  

Read the 4 part article “Rare and Orphan – How we research, treat and live with rare diseases” here:

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