New research shows that a unique strain of laboratory mice characterised at Penn State University has behavioural, hormonal, and neurochemical characteristics that are similar to those of human patients with drug-resistant forms of depression. The mice - which have a defect in a gene - are expected to be useful as a new model organism in the effort to develop more effective medications for specific forms of depression. The research, led by Bernhard Luscher, a professor of biology at Penn State, will be published in the journal Biological Psychiatry...
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