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Evolution Right Under Our Nose

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Published on Apr 18, 2013

The white-footed mouse, a common resident of forests in the northeastern United States, is closely related to the lab mouse used in human health research, says Jason Munshi-South, Baruch College assistant professor of biology. Since 2008, Munshi-South has been working with the white-footed mouse to develop a model system to study impacts of urbanization in New York City. "What we're looking at is how living in an urban environment is changing their evolutionary trajectory," says Munshi-South, who was recently awarded a $200,000 research grant by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. "If we can understand what's happening to these mice living in the city and adapting in the city, we might have some leads on how urban life affects human life as well.

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