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Discover the animal models that help us learn about different parts of the human brain.
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Basic neuroscience research in animal models is essential to understanding brain function and the thousands of brain diseases and disorders that affect both humans and animals. Treatments for stroke, depression, and drug addiction are just a few examples of developments made by this research. Learn more.

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Can the zebrafish teach us about human development?
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Take a guided tour through Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's animal research facility with this video.
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Cockroaches are quickly evolving to avoid precisely the yummy, sweet-tasting poisoned baits that I was using to keep them out of my kitchen.
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Neuroscientist Liz Burnett explains how animal models help scientists understand the healthy body and what goes wrong during disease.
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A gene controls neuronal traffic in the assembly of this electrical circuit.
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Vision requires teamwork. Nerve cells in the retina communicate with one another to create optimal messages to send to the brain.
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Animals in research are good for humans and the animals, too. Learn about the many benefits to this approach: kids edition.
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Animals in research are good for humans and the animals, too. Learn about the many benefits to this approach: teens edition.
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Animals in research are good for humans and the animals, too. Learn about the many benefits to this approach: teachers edition.
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It's alive! Learn about living systems and how you can incorporate them into your lessons.
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Why do scientists use animals in research? Use this resource to understand the process and benefits of animal research.
  • Understanding Animal Research
Human brain cell transplantation makes mice smart. The transplanted cells are not neurons and the cells communicate without using electricity.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.