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The genus Mus refers to a specific genus of muroid rodents, all typically called mice (the adjective "muroid" comes from the word "Muroidea", which is a large superfamily of rodents, including mice, rats, voles, hamsters, gerbils, and many other relatives). However, the term mouse can also be applied to species outside of this genus.

Mus
Temporal range: Late Miocene–Recent
House mouse (Mus musculus)
House mouse (Mus musculus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Mus
Linnaeus, 1758
Type species
Mus musculus[1][2]
Linnaeus, 1758
Subgenera

Subgenera, species, and subspeciesEdit

 
Mouse of the subgenus Mus.

The following is a list of Mus subgenera, species, and subspecies:[3]

Mice and human healthEdit

Mice are part of human experimentation. Many of the tests are related to new products that are launched on the market, but they are also required to try new medicines for the cure of chronic and deadly human diseases.

After the outbreak of H5N1 influenza in China in 2006, US scientists discovered that under training, mice could detect carrier birds with this virus, so they would prevent a massive contagion or threat of an epidemic.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hemming, Francis, ed. (1958) [1910]. "Opinion 16. The Status of Prebinomial Specific Names (Published Prior to 1758) Under Art. 30d". Opinions and Declarations Rendered by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. 1 (B): 37.
  2. ^ Oldfield, Thomas (1911). "The Mammals of the Tenth Edition of Linnæus; an Attempt to fix the Types of the Genera and the exact Bases and Localities of the Species". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1911 (1): 146. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.1911.tb06995.x.
  3. ^ "Mus (mouse, genus)". NCBI taxonomy. Bethesda, MD: National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  4. ^ "BioEnciclopedia - Animales que detectan enfermedades".