He plans to use the lab mouse
as a test bed for the effects of gene enhancers from other animals, such as whales and wallabies.
A small weed that is a cousin to the mustard plant, Arabidopsis--which is to plant scientists what the lab mouse
is to medical researchers--is leading them and other scientists around the world to a better understanding of how plants withstand these stresses.
A major obstacle to HIV research is the virus's exquisite specialization for its human host meaning that scientists' traditional tools, like the humble lab mouse
, can deliver only limited information.