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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by the innominate one » 21 Nov 2017, 18:37

Very interesting, and there has previously been some discussion a few years ago about differences in model animals' reaction by the sex of the researchers. I wonder if the animals used in this experiment you linked were all-male, as is typical for research, and if the reaction to researcher sex is consistent or opposite between the sexes of the specimens.

Isn't this thus likely another case where mouse models don't apply to humans?
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by thoreau » 21 Nov 2017, 18:51

Let's talk about what REALLY matters: How can we fit this into American academia's fucked up "conversations" about gender and STEM?
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Post by thoreau » 21 Nov 2017, 18:54

More seriously, I wonder what other odors are affecting the results of mouse experiments. Does the lunch that the grad student ate before handling the mouse matter for certain experiments? What if the postdoc has a cat at home? What if the grad student is wearing perfume? Or a scented deodorant? The list could go on. There might be all sorts of sources of noise that we're not even aware of, experiments explained by the fact that the postdoc who handled the mice was taking care of a baby who threw up a lot.
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Post by the innominate one » 21 Nov 2017, 19:12

Good points. Maybe live animal specimens should consistently be handled in glove boxes, at a minimum.
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by JD » 11 Dec 2017, 15:16

NASA and Google have some big announcement to make on Thursday, but they're being all coy about exactly what it is: http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/t ... -thursday/
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by Kolohe » 11 Dec 2017, 16:28

JD wrote:
11 Dec 2017, 15:16
NASA and Google have some big announcement to make on Thursday, but they're being all coy about exactly what it is: http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/t ... -thursday/
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