Temporal range: Late Miocene–Recent
|House mouse (Mus musculus)|
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.
Subgenera, species, and subspecies
The following is a list of Mus subgenera, species, and subspecies:
- Mus booduga (little Indian field mouse)
- Mus caroli (Ryukyu mouse)
- Mus cervicolor (Fawn-colored mouse)
- Mus cervicolor cervicolor
- Mus cervicolor popaeus
- Mus cookii (Cook's mouse)
- Mus famulus (Servant mouse)
- Mus fragilicauda
- Mus macedonicus (Macedonian mouse)
- Mus macedonicus macedonicus
- Mus macedonicus spretoides
- Mus musculus (House mouse)
- Mus musculus albula
- Mus musculus bactrianus (Southwestern Asian house mouse)
- Mus musculus brevirostris
- Mus musculus castaneus (Southeastern Asian house mouse)
- Mus musculus domesticus (Western European house mouse)
- Mus musculus gansuensis
- Mus musculus gentilulus (Pygmy house mouse)
- Mus musculus helgolandicus
- Mus musculus homourus
- Mus musculus isatissus
- Mus musculus molossinus (Japanese house mouse)
- Mus musculus musculus (Eastern European house mouse)
- Mus musculus wagneri
- Mus spicilegus (Steppe mouse)
- Mus spretus (Western wild mouse)
- Mus terricolor (Earth-colored mouse)
- Mus triton (Gray-bellied mouse)
- Mus baoulei (Baoule's mouse)
- Mus bufo (Toad mouse)
- Mus callewaerti (Callewaert's mouse)
- Mus emesi
- Mus haussa (Hausa mouse)
- Mus indutus (Desert pygmy mouse)
- Mus mahomet (Mahomet mouse)
- Mus mattheyi (Matthey's mouse)
- Mus minutoides (Southern African pygmy mouse)
- Mus musculoides (Temminck's mouse)
- Mus neavei (Neave's mouse)
- Mus setulosus (Peter's mouse)
- Mus sorella (Thomas' pygmy mouse)
- Mus tenellus (Delicate mouse)
- Incertae sedis
Mice and human health
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.
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