Gender Disparity in Animal Research

Originally Published at News@Northeastern by Adam Fischer and Benjamin Bertsch

Rebecca Shansky, an Associate Professor of Psychology sat down with News@Northeastern to talk about a little-known way that Victorian-era misogyny lingers in modern lab practices: most research was conducted on exclusively male mice.  The reason for this stems from a belief that female hormones would be too unpredictable to include in science, and eventually became common practice until the NIH began requiring research to study the potential impact of sex.