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Mouse with a milkshake: Behavioral windows into brain function

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Science  04 Nov 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6312, pp. 638-640
DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6312.638


Neuroscientists are employing new techniques and technologies to use animal behavior as a window into brain function.For instance, researchers are teaching mice to nose-poke a touchscreen by doling out strawberry milkshakes as part ofcognitive testing. It's a light-hearted reminder of the similarity between mice and humans, perhaps—but hopes are risingthat new therapies developed using mouse models of Alzheimer's disease, for example, can be translated to humans.