It is estimated that 99% of the genes in mice have direct counterparts in humans. Scientists often use mice to model human genetic disorders and develop new therapies.
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Mario Capecchi talks about the advantages of working with mice to study genetic disorders.
Mice are small, easy to keep, and complete a generation in only ten weeks. They are also rather closely related to human beings.
Gene targeting techniques are used by scientists to simulate human genetic disorders in model organisms. Many scientists believe that gene targeting will lead the way to new methods for correcting genetic defects.
Compare SAP102 knockout mice and wild-type mice on a task designed to measure spatial learning and memory.
Model organisms share with humans many key biochemical and physiological functions that have been conserved (maintained) by evolution.
Professor David Lewis outlines how model organisms such as mice can help uncover the interplay of the genetic components in schizophrenia.
Genes to Cognition researchers discover a genetic basis for higher mental functions that provides new insights into autism and learning disability.
Professor Seth Grant outlines one way in which the Genes to Cognition Research Programme uses model organisms to study learning and memory in humans.
Mouse researcher Mario Capecchi talks about the similarities in mammalian anatomy and physiology.
The ability to create a clone used to be science fiction. Dr. Ian Wilmut's group changed that in 1997 with the creation of Dolly the sheep. Since then the debate on applying the technique to clone human beings has been ongoing.