Millions of lab mice are at work in the United States, helping scientists understand human disease, and pinch-hitting for us in tests and experiments. In this hour, we'll take a look at the history of the lab mouse. How did it come to be such an important research animal? And what can a furry creature a fraction of our size with a 3-year life span tell us about ourselves?
Barbara Knowles, director of research at the Jackson Laboratory, in Bar Harbor, Maine
Karen Rader, author of Making Mice: Standardizing Animals for American Biomedical Research 1900-1955. Marilyn Simpson Chair of Science and Society, Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y.