#BWNFridayPost: Incorporating female mice into neuroscience research

This article is based on this paper, and here is a twitter thread diving deeper into it by one of the authors.

Why we need female mice in neuroscience research” is an article that dives into the findings of this paper (“Mouse spontaneous behavior reflects individual variation rather than estrous state“) and discusses its findings that female mice have spontaneous behavior that is only “negligibly affected” by hormonal cycles, and actually have less variable spontaneous behavior than male mice. It then goes on to discuss how in neuroscience male mice are traditionally used, and since many of our findings about genes, neural circuits, and behavior are based on mouse research, using only male mice can prevent neuroscience from learning about how these aspects may differ in and impact females.