Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Education: Pet Peeve

When every you read a paper on EAE, you often see it is done in rodents and you see murine experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, when people are talking about work in mouse EAE. Now this descriptor for mouse is common. What do you call a Rat?  (Who cares was not an allowed answer).

Cow is Bovine 
Sheep is Ovine 
Goat is Caprine
The answer is murine. Rats, Mice and Gerbils are all murine because the derivation of this comes from the taxomonic family muridae. I wish people were more specific! If they mean mouse they should say mouse!!!