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Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:56 pm

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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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RE: Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:12 am

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.
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RE: Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:37 am

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

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RE: Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:39 am

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!
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RE: Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:48 am

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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RE: Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:08 am

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
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RE: Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:49 am

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.
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RE: Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:56 am

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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RE: Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:42 am

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




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RE: Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:47 am

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
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RE: Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:55 am

Obviously, the mice did not have access to PTVs.
 
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RE: Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Wed Dec 27, 2006 8:33 am

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
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RE: Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Wed Dec 27, 2006 9:03 am

Actually, they were fed simulated Y class meals...
 
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RE: Majority Of Elderly Mice Die In Jet Lag Study

Thu Dec 28, 2006 1:54 am

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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