On sunday, I did a lil’ trip to the lab… Nothing very surprising here. But this time, I didn’t go there for my research work!
I went there because we have thousands of potential photomodels there: mice. We have different strains of mice including so called C57BL/6, Swiss and FVB/NJ, all belonging to the genus mus musculus: mice that are classically used throughout the world for different research applications. In our academic lab, we focus mostly on deciphering neurodegenerative disorders.
Let me use the opportunity to talk a little bit about animal testing:
No matter what they tell you, it IS actually absolutely essential to work with animal models if we want any chance of understanding and curing diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS etc. Please do not confuse this vital work with animal testing for cosmetics which seems to be somehow less important. But let me tell you this: It is very expensive, inconvenient, time consuming and difficult to work with animals in research. Anyone who does this has a good reason to do so, and nobody is happy seeing sick mice, or even sacrificing them to work with tissues (brain, muscle, liver…). Which is why “we” do it as humanly (lol?) as possible and only when necessary.
OK, finally, here are the images I came up with:
Click below for two sweeeet videos of the mice and technical information.