Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Pets Do the Funniest Things

If you are ever thinking of getting a pet, you could do worse than get yourselves one of these. It is an Apoe (ApoE) mouse. It might not sit, fetch, nor roll over, and unlike a parrot, you cannot teach it to talk. So what CAN you do with it? Well, one of the highlights of this mouse is that it,
  • "develop[s] normally, but exhibit[s] five times normal serum plasma cholesterol and spontaneous atherosclerotic lesions."
Hmmmmm. Now where have I recently seen this mouse used in experiments to establish that low carb diets lead to atherosclerosis? Maybe they should feed it statins?

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