The first lab I worked in studied yeast cells. They also had worms (C. elegans) in the lab, but even those were a little too much for me to stomach. Today, I’ve been working with rodents for seven years. How do people conduct experiments on other animals? I’ve found that the more you appreciate the animal for their unique qualities and intellect, the easier it is to work with them in a laboratory setting. There are many regulations in place to keep lab rats safe, and respect for these animals keeps them happy in their time with you.
Read more about these incredible animals in my article on That’s Life [Science].