NMRI Mouse


The genus and species of the laboratory mouse is Mus musculus and is of the order Rodentia. The laboratory mouse has been domesticated by man for many generations and is in general a very docile and easily handled animal. Other notable biological characteristics are their very acute hearing, well developed sense of smell, poor vision, small size and short generation interval. Mice are by far the most common laboratory animal used for research. The laboratory mouse is unquestionably the most widely used and completely understood animal available to biomedical scientists today for testing and teaching purposes. The NMRI is extensively used as an experimental animal in many fields of general biology, as well as in pharmacology and toxicology. It is also commonly used as a control for selection experiments.