In the broader perspective of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, this is a small item but of interest given the potential impact on ongoing and future medical research:
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of these animals’ lives and the impact this has on the many years of important work conducted by our researchers,” NYU officials said in the statement. Other scientists contacted by LiveScience agreed the consequences for medical research could be far-reaching.
“It’s really, really devastating,” said Jacco van Rheenen, a medical physicist at the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands who has worked with laboratory mice. The problem may go beyond NYU, van Rheenan told LiveScience.
“Some mice are unique, they’re just made for certain research,” he said. “So if [the researchers] didn’t send it out to other labs, that line is just lost.”