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How can studies on rats apply to humans?


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Since we know that male and female humans react differently to different drugs, gender parity in rat studies might be a first step to making sure medications are tested effectively [source: Diep]. Applying this new information -- and these new test subjects -- to research might have extremely profound effects on interventions for both men and women.

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