Posted by: grokscience | February 6, 2013

Digging Peromyscus

hoekstraNot many laboratories house mice in 3000 pounds of sand, but then not many labs research the burrowing habits of Peromyscus, either.  On this episode, Dr. Hopi Hoekstra joined us to talk about her recent Nature paper on the genetic basis of entrance and exit tunnels in oldfield and deer mice.

Where’s the cheese? 😉




  1. I have tons of creatures that like to dig at my property including rabbits, deer mice and gophers and who knows what else. At the same time, I have lots of land that need grading. I’ve been filling the holes left by the creatures and using shovel / wheel barrow to grade hills (exercise is good for the soul?). As I’m pushing another back-breaking shovel full of dirt, I had been thinking if there’s a way to train or breed these creatures to do the grading. Clearly, they like to dig, and if somehow there’s a way to direct their energy to meet my needs, that would be very nice indeed. This is one way to commercialize the technology. It’s could be better than explosives or bulldozer. Oh well, pipe dream from sore muscles, maybe.

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