Mouse Stand-ins Leading The Way Towards Cures, Treatment

Dr. Sykes speaks to WNYC's "The Takeaway"

"A mouse in a lab is nothing new. But what if that mouse was an immune replica of the researcher working on it? Or what if a mouse could carry the exact disease that a patient was suffering from?

The latest research in autoimmune disease and cancer treatment is doing just that: using mice as stand-ins to study exactly how an individual’s cells work, and how and why they respond to certain medicine. They are now being called mouse avatars, and they are the future of medical technology. Click here for the audio.