Using mice to improve methods of treating human illness is the main function of the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine on July 15, 2010. Since mice have many of the same genes as humans, they can be genetically engineered to help scientists figure out more effective ways to treat diseases such as cancer. Greg Kahn/Staff

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Using mice to improve methods of treating human illness is the main function of the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine on July 15, 2010. Since mice have many of the same genes as humans, they can be genetically engineered to help scientists figure out more effective ways to treat diseases such as cancer. Greg Kahn/Staff

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