Our tiny relatives in the animal kingdom are making mammoth contributions to scientific research and helping us answer the biggest questions about life.
UC Davis researchers use animal models to build the foundation for revolutions in human health
For thousands of years, animals have helped humans advance biomedical research. From yeast and worms to fruit flies and mice, these creatures hold clues to the secrets of our own biology.
“Model organisms, in general, are useful because evolution doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it goes to a different species.... It keeps to using loosely the same genetic modules to build on things.”
-Associate Professor Bruce Draper