A limerick a week #42

Of Mice and Men

Apparently, the mice used in drug trials are usually all males despite a “prevelance of sexual dimorphism in mammalian phenotypic traits”. There may be good reasons for such a gender imbalance in such trials, but there probably isn’t:

There’s a sexist researcher called Billy
Whose trials are really quite silly.
For his method entails
That he uses just males
‘Cos the girls, it appears, lack a willy!

She cut of your WHAT with a carving knife?

Postscript: This limerick was published in July 2017 as a light-hearted contribution to an altogether-more-serious discussion that was taking place in a Yammer group, to which I belonged, on women in science and engineering.

Since then, a book written by Caroline Criado-Perez has illuminated the issue with great clarity: Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men (Chatto & Windus, March 2019, ISBN: 9781784741723).

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😎 - Former scientist, now graduated to a life of leisure. - Family man (which may surprise the family; it certainly surprises him). - Likes cycling and old-fashioned B&W film photography. - Dislikes greasy-pole-climbing 'yes men'. - Thinks Thea Gilmore should be much better known than she is. - Values decency over achievement.

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