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Diets of rodents may have tainted decades of research
For decades, in thousands of laboratories across the country, biomedical researchers have relied on laboratory rats and mice to devise treatments for cancer, heart disease, inflammation and a host of other human afflictions.
But what if, despite all the rigorous procedures to ensure valuable test results, many of those studies have been skewed by the most seemingly mundane of factors: what the animals are routinely fed?
The concern is that researchers have unwittingly administered hormones present in some rodent chow.
A small but growing number of scientists are warning that these hormones are a hidden element in millions of laboratory experiments – potentially affecting researchers' conclusions on countless aspects of disease.
Originally posted by Byrd
Temple Grandin (www.grandin.com...) made the interesting observation that strains of the same mice behave very differently in different labs. Her observation was that the labs may be unconsciously selecting for certain things (her suggestion was that in one lab, they experiment on the less aggressive mice because they're easier to handle; in the other lab they experiment on the more aggressive mice because they're sturdier and can take the surgeries better) and that over generations there are differences even in the same strain of mouse.
It was an interesting observation.
So there could be quite a few differences in the mice, including differences in diet (depending on who raised them and where they came from.)
That's something to investigate.