Monument to the Laboratory Mouse

Monument to the Laboratory Mouse sculpture in Siberia

The Monument to the Laboratory Mouse is a sculpture in the city of Novosibirsk in Siberia, that commemorates the sacrifice of mice in genetic research. Located in front of the Institute of Cytology and Genetics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, it depicts a laboratory mouse wearing glasses and a lab coat and holding knitting needles in its paws with which it is knitting a double helix of DNA. The design for the mouse was the creation of artist Andrey Kharkevich who says: “The images of a laboratory mouse and a scientist are combined because they are connected to each other and serve one cause. The mouse is shown at the exact time of scientific discovery. If you peer into its eyes, you can see that this mouse has already invented something.”

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