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Animals in research: mice

By Michael Dobbie, Ruth Arkell and Stuart Read

Mice are the most important model organisms used in medical research.

Our series, Animals in Research, profiles the top organisms used for science experimentation. Here, we look at a species familiar to most: Mus musculus, or the mouse.

Mice have been close companions of humans for millennia but often in competition for food. Indeed, the word “mouse” is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit verb “mūṣ” meaning “to steal”.