Mice sing like a jet-engine


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Mice court with love songs that are so high frequency they are inaudible to the human ear. New research published in Current Biology shows mice make their unique high frequency sounds in a surprising way that has only been observed by supersonic jet engines.


Wild mice, rats and also many other rodents produce ultrasonic songs that they use for courting and territorial defense. These love songs are often studied in mice to find cures for stuttering and autism. However, until now it was not established how mice can make such ultrasonic sounds, which is important if you want to explain why drug treatments or gene mutations change…



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