Chinese hamster (left) and Lab rat (right). Medical science owes more to these two rodents than perhaps any other animal on the planet. 2020 being the year of the rat, I thought it fitting to pay tribute to these humble servants and enablers of the bio-pharmaceutical industry through which millions of lives have been enriched and saved. Incidentally, Chinese hamsters were more commonly used in medical research until lab rats and mice replaced them as they were easier to maintain and breed. To this day, many biologic drugs are developed and manufactured using the ovarian cells of the Chinese hamster - referred to within the industry as "CHO cells" (Chinese Hamster Ovary cells). My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.
Wet clay models