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‘Don’t pick up lab mice by their tails’, researchers say

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Laboratory mice should no longer be picked up by hand because it causes them stress.

Instead, researchers at Newcastle University’s Institute of Neuroscience recommend using a less popular ‘tunnel handling’ technique to move them from a ‘home cage’ to an apparatus for a procedure (and vice versa).

Tunnel handling entails allowing a mouse to crawl into a small plastic tunnel (it can be clear or opaque) in which the animal is then transported – thus avoiding …

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