Scientists are keeping some Alzheimer’s lab mice alive in the midst of Covid-19

For the past five years, scientists at The Jackson Laboratory, Indiana University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of California at Irvine, and Sage Therapeutics have been developing mouse models that account for several genetic risk factors at once. Together, these groups make up MODEL-AD, a consortium created in 2015 by the US National Institute on Aging. (Conveniently, it stands for the Model Organism Development and Evaluation for Late-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease). Creating these mouse models has taken a lot of expertise and time.