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Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study  
User currently offlineBoomBoom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2714 times:

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A study at the University of Virginia showed that a majority of elderly mice died while being subjected to the equivalent of a Washington-to-Paris flight once a week for eight weeks.

More intense forms of jet lag sped up the death rate in the elderly rodents, the study found.

In the study, younger mice seemed to rebound more quickly and were not immediately harmed by the jet lag. Simulated jet lag conditions were created by advancing and delaying the rodent's exposure to light.

Seventeen percent of the mice in a control group died in the eight-week study.

Researchers aren't sure what conclusions to draw from the results.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...le/2006/12/25/AR2006122500491.html

[Edited 2006-12-26 08:02:16]

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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

I didn't know mice could tell time. That is an odd study and I don't believe it is relevant to humans considering that humans live for up 100 years and mice rarely make it past 3. That would mean the mice were travailing for the equivalent of 11 human years.

User currently offlineA350 From Germany, joined Nov 2004, 1101 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2534 times:

That means that escaped mice hiding away in an aircraft's belly are no danger except they are young  Wink

A350



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User currently offlineBoomBoom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2531 times:

I wonder if the mice "traveled" in simulated First, Business or Coach? Were they crowded together and dehydrated? Did they have the constant hum of interior jet noise? Ice cold sandwiches and warm beer?

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Researchers aren't sure what conclusions to draw from the results.

Duh!


User currently offlineBigJimFX From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

Wow! I'm so glad we've found the cure for AIDS, Cancer, childhood obesity and ended world hunger. Now we finally have time to see the effects of Jet-Lag on MICE!

Seriously though folks. The difference here is that people who make the same trips over and over adapt, and find out what the body needs. Some people for example go to bed right away and wake up when the sun comes up again. Some people stay up and go to sleep when the rest of the city does. I doubt the mice had the chance to work that out.



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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2474 times:

This is what I want to know. First, how many mice can a 747-4 hold in a 3 class config. Second, how many exits would it have to have and how would said exits be identified since most mice can't read. Third, what would the ratio of flight attendant per mice be. Fourth, would Israeli mice be allowed to over fly Arab country's?
I believe these questions should be answered first if mice are going to be flying the friendly sky's with us humans. We can worry about jet lag latter.  Smile


User currently offlinePoitin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 1):
I didn't know mice could tell time.

They were all equipped with Mickey Mouse watches. The researcher snuck in while they were asleep and reset the watches to simulate the trip.


User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

You wanna take a wild guess who funded that research?
My money is on the those wonder people on capital hill, that's who.
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User currently offlineStarrion From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1129 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2337 times:

So, book the mother-in-law on two round-the-world flights going East....




Actually, I like my mother-in-law, but that could be handy.



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

Quoting BoomBoom (Thread starter):
equivalent of a Washington-to-Paris flight once a week for eight weeks.

It was most likely on board a simulated Airbus, the mice would have survived much longer and happier on board a solid, comfortable, safe Boeing jet.  Wink  Wink


User currently offlineSFORunner From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 325 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2317 times:

Obviously, the mice did not have access to PTVs.

User currently offlineHelvknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 9):
It was most likely on board a simulated Airbus, the mice would have survived much longer and happier on board a solid, comfortable, safe Boeing jet.

But had it been on a simulated 'Bus they would have survived longer due to less intrusive noise.  Smile  Silly


User currently offlineSkoker From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 440 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2225 times:

Actually, they were fed simulated Y class meals...

User currently offlineHelvknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2079 times:

Quoting Skoker (Reply 12):
Actually, they were fed simulated Y class meals...

Surely not. There are laws concerning animal welfare, even for lab mice. Big grin


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