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I committed a double homicide this week. Two of the little suckers in one trap, the promise of some yummy peanut butter just millimeters away. We tried to give them every opportunity to avail themselves of the no-kill traps, but after one of their brethren found himself so incarcerated (he was later released at the park), they seemed to be wise to our more friendly contraptions. Hence we employed the neck-snapping device. Lest we encounter a continual stream of these guys, we’ve taken preventive measures, sealing off potential entrances in the basement.

So I guess I shouldn’t be too moralizing when I tell you about the latest mouse-torture study. I can see the scientists now: “Hey, I’ve got an idea. Let’s take some poop from our butts and put it in some mouse butts and see what happens!” As it turns out, we’re learning a lot from putting our poop in mice. This study shows that messing with our circadian rhythms, which is known to increase the risk of diabetes, obesity, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, may be caused, at least in part, by disruptions to our gut microbiota.

Thank you, mice, for teaching us so much about ourselves. Sorry for killing you.

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