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Connecticut’s new partner in science tracks the root causes of disease, mouse by mouse

Bar Harbor, Me. — Every two weeks, the scientists at The Jackson Laboratory get a delivery, the findings from the latest “deviant search.” The caretakers responsible for the 1.25 million or so mice that populate the lab’s island campus at any one time take note of any critters that seem off, and send them over in boxes, notes attached, for the researchers to examine and divvy up. Greg Cox, who is studying muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases, with lab mice (Photo by Robert F. Bukaty)

“It’s like Christmas,” said Greg Cox, a scientist at “Jax,” who studies neuromuscular diseases. He’s perpetually on the lookout for thin, wasted or paralyzed mice — “sort of the sad mice” — that might have mutations that could lead him to the genes behind diseases like muscular dystrophy and ALS. Continue Reading →

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