More! Female! Mice!
The Cut - 06/07/2021
By skipping over females, researchers may be missing important information about how hormonal shifts could interact with our medicines, said Dr. Rebecca Shansky, a neuroscientist and associate professor at Northeastern University. “The excuse that I would hear over and over again is that the estrous cycle” — the mouse version of a menstrual cycle — “would just make the data too complicated,” she explained. Dr. Shansky has been studying the implications of excluding female mice from trials for years, and her 2019 article in the journal Science helped ignite conversation around it.