The Long Hair Genes

Pied Recessive Yellow mouse with long hair (Photo Credit: MisterMiceGuy) MisterMiceGuy has always been enamored with long haired animals and mice are no exception. In fact is seems that long haired mice are very popular among pet owners and hobby breeders in general (The Finnish Mouse Club 2020). Because of this MisterMiceGuy is incorporating long …

Project Proposal: The Effect of Mint (Mentha piperita) on Habitat Choice in Pill Bugs (Armadillidium vulgare)

[Student's name's redacted] Introduction Arthropods are common pests that can be abundant and bothersome inside the household. As such, many people seek out natural insect repellent that won’t be harmful to the environment. The mint plant is commonly suggested as an insect repellant by nonscientific sources and essential oil companies despite mixed evidence to support …

The Roan Gene

A gene that MisterMiceGuy is working with is the Roan gene. In order to learn more about this gene an inquiry was made to the Fancy Mouse Breeders' Association private group that revealed there may not be much research that has been conducted into the Roan gene and that much of what is written is …

The Rex Gene

MisterMiceGuy is focusing on breeding mice who have curly/wavy hair. The gene responsible for this trait is called Rex (Re) and is located on the chromosome 11 (Crew & Auerbach 1939, Sundberg and King Jr 1996). The Rex gene is also commonly known Astrex (The Finnish Mouse Club 2020). A short haired young adult male …

The Common Mouse Mite, Myocoptes musculinus

Mites are a common problem in laboratory mice with somewhere around 33% of research institutions reporting at least one colony infection of mites (Mook and Benjamin 2008). The most common species being the surface-feeding species, Myocoptes musculinus (Mook and Benjamin 2008). The most common species of fur mite in mice Myocoptes musculinus, photo credit: (Сергій …