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April 28, 2014
Scientists' inability to replicate research findings using mice and rats has contributed to mounting concern over the reliability of such studies. Now, an international team of pain researchers, led by scientists at McGill University in Montreal, may have uncovered one important factor behind this vexing problem: The gender of the experimenters has a big impact on the stress levels of rodents.
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