Mice have more synapses connecting neurons than primates

In a surprising finding, researchers have discovered that even though primates are "smarter" than mice, the rodents actually have more synapses per neuron.

Alison Caldwell - U. Chicago • futurity
Sept. 23, 2021 ~9 min

Lyme disease protection: No vaccine yet, but an antibody shot could soon provide a season of immunity

Researchers are testing an antibody shot to protect people from Lyme disease-causing bacteria.

Mark Klempner, Professor of Medicine and Executive Vice Chancellor for MassBiologics, University of Massachusetts Medical School • conversation
Aug. 4, 2021 ~7 min

East and West Coast mice show evolution can be predictable

Studying mice shows that evolution often works on the same genes in different populations when they're confronted with similar environmental conditions.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
May 3, 2021 ~12 min

We're creating 'humanized pigs' in our ultraclean lab to study human illnesses and treatments

Medical research to benefit people is first conducted in animals. Creating a new biomedical model by inserting human immune cells into pigs may lead to new insights and treatments.

Adeline Boettcher, Technical Writer II, Iowa State University • conversation
April 12, 2021 ~8 min

Fungal microbiome: Whether mice get fatter or thinner depends on the fungi that live in their gut

Fungi are a small but important part of the gut microbiome. A new study in mice shows that how much weight mice gain on a processed food diet depends on this fungal microbiome.

Justin D. Stewart, PhD Candidate in Evolutionary Biology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam • conversation
March 5, 2021 ~5 min

The scent of sickness: 5 questions answered about using dogs – and mice and ferrets – to detect disease

Scientists are experimenting with using dogs to sniff out people infected with COVID-19. But dogs aren't the only animals with a nose for disease.

Glen J. Golden, Research Scientist/Scholar I, Colorado State University • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~8 min

Bitter battles between stinkbugs and carnivorous mice could hold clues for controlling human pain

Animals that regularly dine on toxic food may hold clues for designing new drugs to treat persistent pain in humans.

Lauren Koenig, PhD Candidate in Integrative Biology, Michigan State University • conversation
Dec. 9, 2020 ~9 min

Don't blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic

Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.

Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

A Lyme disease vaccine doesn't exist, but a yearly antibody shot shows promise at preventing infection

Researchers are developing a seasonal shot that blocks Lyme disease-causing bacteria from a tick.

Mark Klempner, Professor of Medicine and Executive Vice Chancellor for MassBiologics, University of Massachusetts Medical School • conversation
June 4, 2020 ~7 min

Social distancing works – just ask lobsters, ants and vampire bats

Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.

Julia Buck, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~8 min