Experimenting with comfortability
Animal testing is a contentious issue. Many of the funds that Blue & Green Tomorrow has profiled explicitly state that they will screen out any companies that practice it, but pharmaceuticals for instance, are obliged to test products on animals by law – does that mean they too should be excluded?
A debate for another day, perhaps.
The subject in this update is mice, more specifically, the optimum temperature for the laboratories that use them.
The Economist reported that researchers at Stanford University experimented with varying temperatures for mice, concluding that the rodents’ performance in altered depending on how hot or cold it was.
It concludes, “With little nesting material around, the animals laboriously carried strands of paper over to the warmer spot, one or two at a time. But leave at least six grams of paper in the chilly cage, and many mice will prefer instead to brave the cold and build a nest there. That seems a small price to pay for better drug trials.”
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