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During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, at the beginning of March 2020, humans across the globe were forced to abandon their regular lives and quarantine in the confines of their homes. Offices, classrooms, and bustling metropolises turned into ghost towns overnight. And yet, despite the ebb of human activity in cities across the world, urban ecosystems flourished as playgrounds for other residents; rats, rodents, and the animals of our cities came out of hiding and into the spotlight of urban activity.

While we spend most of our lives avoiding rodents and even paying others to get rid of them for us,  they play an undeniable and crucial role in advancing the knowledge of humankind. In biomedical research, for example, scientists and researchers have long favored rats and mice as research specimens due to their anatomical, physiological, and genetic similarities to humans. Their contributions are numerous and invaluable, having advanced knowledge in cardiovascular medicine, neurodegenerative diseases, transplantation practices, and countless behavioral science breakthroughs.

Join The Explorers Club as we dive into the science of rats, their importance in biomedical research, and their role in our global ecosystems.

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This lecture will be an entirely remote, virtual lecture.

To watch, stream live here on explorers.org, our YouTube Channel, and our Facebook LiveMonday, May 2nd at 7:00 pm ET.

Speakers

George McKenzie Jr.

George McKenzie Jr. is a National Geographic Society award-winning photographer and documentarian from Brooklyn, NY. His work explores the intersection of wildlife, natural history, cultures, and conservation through visual storytelling. With over five years of industry experience, George is well-versed in producing stories with impact, focusing on human interests worldwide. In December, George accepted a position in Florida with the Path of the Panther Project.

May 2,2022
May 2, 2022
7:00 PM ET
7:00 PM ET
George McKenzie Jr.
George McKenzie Jr.
The Explorers Club
The Explorers Club
Understanding Rats

Understanding Rats

Join The Explorers Club as we dive into the science of rats, their importance in biomedical research, and their role in our global ecosystems.
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