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Amazing Animation Meets Mouse Genetics

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How does a mouse build a burrow, and do genes help control this behavior? This was a question asked by members of the Hoekstra lab at Harvard.

Research results from Dr. Hopi Hoekstra’s lab, based on the 2013 Nature paper, Discrete genetic modules are responsible for complex burrow evolution in Peromyscus mice, has been released in video form with charming animation and engaging narration.



I’m not saying every research paper should have a corresponding video, but it certainly seems like an engaging way to involve the general public in the results of your research!


Joanne Manaster About the Author: Joanne Manaster is a university level cell and molecular biology lecturer with an insatiable passion for science outreach to all ages. Enjoy her quirky videos at, on twitter @sciencegoddess and on her Facebook page at JoanneLovesScience Follow on Twitter @sciencegoddess.

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    Another animation involving cute mice and good science (about one minute long):

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