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Animal research

24 - 08 - 2016

In mice, the general interest primes over disease

By observing mice populations, researchers have noted that individuals are subtracted from their social group when they feel sick. An infection simulation experiment showed that the group showed no signs of rejection. The mouse that felt sick was voluntarily quarantined. This reaction would greatly limit the spread of the disease, including to offspring. An additional sanitary barrier at the genetic level! This attitude of withdrawal would likely be effective in the fight against particularly contagious diseases such as Ebola or influenza.