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March 31 2013

Did You Hear Something? Mice Can Cough, Study Finds


It may be as quiet as, well, a mouse, but mice apparently can cough, new research finds. The findings suggest the rodents could be used in research to fight coughing in humans.

Rodents make ideal lab animals because they grow quickly, reproduce in large numbers and are small enough to house easily, allowing scientists to form experiments on them en masse. Mice are often used in research to develop new medicines for people for instance, mice grimace when in pain, just like humans, and experiments that analyze their faces could help test out new painkillers.

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