BioMaker: Seeing Design, Seeing Usability


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“Val, I could build one of these. A better one.”

Val’s colleague expertly placed the next mouse on the horizontal spindle of the Rotarod and pressed a button to start the run. The spindle rotated slowly at first, and then faster, and the mouse log-rolled to keep its balance on top of the rod. Eventually, the rotation was more than the mouse could handle, and it fell off the rod onto the chamber floor below. The researcher scooped the mouse up and put it back in the cage.