As researchers seek the most accurate animal models for in vivo experiments, the availability of gene-editing technologies for developing both mouse and rat models has created more options than ever before. Murine genomes share great similarity with the human genome, which has made them fantastic models for a wide range human disease research.
Although mouse models have been predominantly used in the last century, there are several advantages that rat models provide for specific research applications, such as neuroscience.
In this video, we compare mouse and rat models across various characteristics, reviewing the associated advantages and disadvantages of each species across scientific research experiments.
For decades, both mice and rats have helped fuel important innovations in a wide array of biomedical research disciplines, from psychology to cardiovascular disease. This video explores the differences between these two rodents and explain how rats provide advantages over mice models for many types of experiments.
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Establishing appropriate animal models of disease is of vital importance in basic medical research – for which, rats and mice have become the animals of choice. Mice have long been the most important model animal for analyzing human gene functions due to its small size, low operational costs, relatively stable embryonic cells, and pliability for various genetic manipulations and gene editing. However, rats are physiologically, morphologically, and genetically closer to humans than mice, which makes rats ideal models for biomedical and clinical studies – especially given the variety of gene editing options now available in rats.
In contrast to mice, rat models are more widely used in toxicology, teratology, endocrinology, oncology, neurology, experimental gerontology, cardiovascular research, dental research, and experimental parasitology. For a deeper look into the genomic and physiological differences between rats and mice, as well as some research applications for which rats are advantageous, visit our "Rats - The Animal Model that is Revitalizing Medical Research".
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