Stressed? Wounded? Feeling trapped, like a rodent in a test tube, at the mercy of some mysterious experiment?
In these times of anthrax-contaminated envelopes, leave it to science to provide a dark analogy for our troubles. A recent issue of the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity features research on stress and wound healing. The studies remind us that such depredations are not new to U.S. mice: Researchers "stressed" the rodents by putting them in tubes for 15 hours a day without food or drink; cut the animals; then infected the wounds with the bacteria that causes strep throat.