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  1. National Institute of Health Tells Labs to Stop Ignoring Females in Lab Experiments

    What would Mrs. Frisby have to say about this?

    Science arguably has a problem with gender equality in humans, but it definitely has one in rodents. For decades, researchers have used male mice and rats in laboratory tests instead of females because of concerns their hormones and reproductive cycles would skew results. Well, the National Institutes of Health says knock it off, jerks.

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  2. Japanese Researchers Build Robotic Rat Literally Just To Terrorize Actual Lab Rats

    Life as a lab rat isn't exactly great. The digs are nice and the food is good, sure, but it's a lifetime of being poked, prodded, put through mazes, having electrodes put in uncomfortable places, and eventually probably being dissected to see what effect all those things had on your poor brain. So while we're all for suffering in the name of scientific progress, it seems a little much that researchers at Japan's Waseda University have created a robotic rat specifically designed only to terrorize their organic lab rats, inducing stress and depression that they can then study.

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