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Building a better mouse to study Ebola
Building a better mouse to study Ebola

Scientists wearing anti-pathogen "spacesuits" and working in a government biocontainment laboratory have shown that genetically diverse strains of mice can accurately model the devastating health effects of the Ebola virus, according to new research. In a paper published Thursday in the journal Science, researchers argued that collaboratively-bred lab mice can now replace monkeys as Ebola research animals -- a development that could save scientists money and help avoid potential ethical dilemmas in future research. Traditionally, scientists have used macaques, guinea pigs and Syrian hamsters to study the virus, but not lab mice. The reason for this, according to senior author...

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