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Mystery of the floating mouse solved

Japanese researchers discover a single gene linked to depression, fear, and anxiety

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Neuroscientist Mohieldin Youssef gently lowers a mouse into a bucket of water, watching it swim and frantically try to escape. Then Youssef takes another mouse — an animal genetically altered where a single gene was deleted. The mouse simply floats listlessly on the surface of the water. With no will to fight for…



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River D'Almeida, Ph.D

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