Mice are rodents, and their small size and rapid reproductive cycle makes them easy to maintain and breed in the laboratory. These factors have contributed to them becoming the most widely used laboratory animal, with over 80 million mice used in research worldwide. A large number of different strains of mouse are available. The mouse genome has been sequenced, and this species was one of the first mammals to undergo genetic manipulation to produce transgenic animals.
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Updated on 19th May 2022