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mouse : any of numerous small rodents with pointed snout, small ears, elongated body, and slender tail (Mouse, 2015) [1]blank.gifWebster
Mouse (plural: mice) is a small mammal belonging to the order of rodents. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse (Mus musculus). It is also a popular pet. In some places, certain kinds of field mice are also common. This rodent is eaten by large birds such as hawks and eagles. They are known to invade homes for food and occasionally shelter. Cats, wild dogs, foxes, birds of prey, snakes and even certain kinds of arthropods have been known to prey heavily upon mice. Nevertheless, because of its remarkable adaptability to almost any environment, the mouse is one of the most successful mammalian genera living on Earth today. Primarily nocturnal animals, mice compensate for their poor eyesight with a keen sense of hearing, and rely especially on their sense of smell to locate food and avoid predators. (Mouse, 2015) [2]blank.gif Wikipedia


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Here are some other famous mammals:
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These are the most intelligent mammals:
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ScienceDaily.com, mice
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National Center for Biotechnology Information: Mouse Genome Resources USA.gov


Scientists Made This Mouse Nearly Invisible!

Whole-Body Imaging with Single-Cell Resolution by Tissue Decolorization (Cell)


Rat Brains Linked To Create Biological Computer

Rodent Mind Meld: Scientists Wire Two Rats’ Brains Together (Greg Miller, Wired)
One rat brain 'talks' to another using electronic link (Jen Whyntie BBC Radio Science Unit)


Brainstorm, world's smartest mouse

Rat loves cat!

Hitch Hiker's Guide, Mice Rule!

Cyber Mice Party - online game


Mice News -- ScienceDaily
  • Intestinal fungi worsen alcoholic liver disease Yesterday
    Liver cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of mortality worldwide and approximately half of those deaths are due to alcohol abuse. Yet apart from alcohol abstinence, there are no specific treatments to reduce the severity of alcohol-associated liver disease. Researchers have now linked intestinal fungi to increased risk of death for patients with alcohol-related liver disease.
  • Rapid smell source localization: Mechanism discovered Monday
    Fundamental insights into the mechanism of smell localization have now been gained by researchers. This marks an important step in unraveling the entire neural odor localization mechanism, which is highly valuable to the study of memory diseases such as Alzheimer's. The team used mice for the experiment, which are smell identification champions. Using a novel non-invasive technique based on infrared technology, they revealed that localizing odors is achieved by comparing information gathered ...
  • Scientists to test Zika virus on brain tumors May 19, 2017
    In a revolutionary first, scientists will test whether the Zika virus can destroy brain tumor cells, potentially leading to new treatments for one of the hardest to treat cancers.  
  • Brain blood vessel lesions tied to intestinal bacteria May 18, 2017
    Bacteria in the gut can influence the structure of the brain's blood vessels, and may be responsible for producing malformations that can lead to stroke or epilepsy, new research suggests. The study adds to an emerging picture that connects intestinal microbes and disorders of the nervous system.
  • Microbes seen controlling action of host's genes May 17, 2017
    Microbes can control their animal hosts by manipulating the molecular machinery of their cells, triggering patterns of gene expression that consequently contribute to health and disease, new research shows. The work, which was conducted in zebrafish and mice cells, could have implications for human inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

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  • Pet owners urged to take care using bait - Bendigo Advertiser Yesterday
    Bendigo AdvertiserPet owners urged to take care using baitBendigo AdvertiserIf an animal is known to have eaten poison, he advises it be taken to a vet immediately. Poisons for mice and rats are anti-coagulants, meaning they cause internal bleeding. Dr O'Connor said the potency of rodent poison meant any amount could be fatal ...
  • Bioelectric tweak makes flatworms grow a head instead of a tail - New Scientist Yesterday
    New ScientistBioelectric tweak makes flatworms grow a head instead of a tailNew ScientistMichael Levin at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and his colleagues have shown that after changing the electrical current of the cells once, the animals will continue to randomly regrow a head or a tail. The findings suggest that an animal ...and more »
  • That Time the TSA Found a Scientist's 3-D-Printed Mouse Penis - The Atlantic Yesterday
    The AtlanticThat Time the TSA Found a Scientist's 3-D-Printed Mouse PenisThe AtlanticJust last month, Diane Kelly from the University of Massachusetts, who studies the evolution of animal genitals, was stopped by the TSA because she was carrying what is roughly the opposite of Cohn's item: a 3-D-printed mold of a dolphin vagina.
  • Space mice: first animals born from sperm stored on International Space Station for 9 months - Telegraph.co.uk Monday
    Telegraph.co.ukSpace mice: first animals born from sperm stored on International Space Station for 9 monthsTelegraph.co.ukFears that space travel could damage fertility and hinder a long term mission to Mars have been partially allayed after healthy mice were born from sperm stored in the International Space Station for nine months. Astronauts on board the ISS are ...Freeze-Dried Space Sperm Gives Rise to Healthy Baby MiceSpace.comSomething incredible just happened on the International Space ...
  • Outside Story: Animals Have Fascinating Teeth - Valley News Sunday
    Valley NewsOutside Story: Animals Have Fascinating TeethValley NewsW hen my daughter was 4, she once asked, “Do mice get cavities?” We were coming back from the dentist, so teeth were on her mind and so were mice, since her pet mouse had recently escaped. Later in the day, she asked if ducks had teeth; such is the ...


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  1. ^ Mouse. (2015). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (11th ed.). Retrieved July 11, 2015, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mouse
  2. ^ Mouse. (2015). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 11, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouse