Text: “A Scientist’s Gender Biases Mouse Research”

“Duhaime-Ross reports on a new study, which found that mice are scared of men. When a male researcher works with a mouse, the mouse’s body courses with stress hormones. This doesn’t happen when a woman scientist is doing the work. The difference in how mice respond to male and female researchers could potentially skew everything from behavioral studies to cell research.” https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-gender-biases-mouse-research-180951240/

This study was not only surprising it also highlighted an issue in previous research that had been done with mice that is connected to replicability, a key term in May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #1. If the gender of the research and the mouse affected the research it may have made replicability difficult, if not impossible.