A Parade of Scientific Mice

By Neuroskeptic | October 15, 2017 2:07 pm

Recently I was reading a neuroscience paper and was struck by the cuteness of the two mice that formed part of Figure 1:


So I decided to look further and collect a montage of scientific mice. All of these drawings are taken from peer-reviewed scientific papers. As you can see, the styles vary greatly. Some mice are little more than circles with ears, while others look ready to leap off the page in search of cheese:


I should note that I didn’t include mice found in Graphical Abstracts in the image above. These abstracts are a new development, intended to make papers more accessible, and they often feature artwork even more cartoon-like than the average scientific drawing. See this representative example:


There are many more like this.

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  • http://www.mazepath.com/uncleal/qz4.htm Uncle Al

    “Current and future approaches using genetically modified mice in endocrine research” has pioneered the game of golf mouse! Autistic mice do not waste time at the water cooler. They are clean, and hard-working. Who hears Diversity when it cries?

    …The Dark Side – rats!

  • andrea gradidge

    Ok, so now we need a study to determine whether “cute-mouse” papers get read and cited more frequently.

  • PDL

    The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.

    L. Tomlin

    • Kamran Rowshandel

      Wow I thought we were beyond anti-semitism in 2018 and then you happen to post this 8 months ago, meaning it was 2017 which means I’m ok with it

      • PDL

        Not sure how anti-semitism comes into play at any date. It was intended as humor re engineering mice.

        • Kamran Rowshandel

          You’re skating on thin ice, gentile.

  • smut clyde

    Those catenin-signalling mice from Zhang &c have no legs, unless those are the appendages right at the front. Possibly Zhang &c were actually studying arachnids or some kind of insect by mistake.

    • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neuroskeptic/ Neuroskeptic

      Davey & MacLean’s mice, meanwhile, do have legs but their front ones are vestigial, t-rex style.

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