Exposure to routine viruses makes mice better test subjects

Posted by on April 20, 2016 5:15 pm
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Vaccines and therapeutics developed using mice sometimes don’t work as expected in humans. New research points to the near-sterile surroundings of laboratory mice as a key reason. When the researchers infected laboratory mice with the mouse equivalent of microbes that cause common infections in humans, the infections changed the animals’ immune systems so they were more similar to adult humans.’

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