Including female animals in scientific studies really pays off

Pretty much any animal medical researchers test is male. So too are the tissues they use to conduct tests. Despite the loads of research demonstrating important biological differences between how men and women react to various drugs or diseases, the default study subject is male.

That trend’s about to change, as the world’s largest medical funding agency — the US National Institutes of Health — announced today that it would grant a total of $ 10 million to 80 researchers who will study the effects of gender in their work.

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