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Everyone's talking about personalized medicine. It doesn't get more personalized than having your very own mouse model, implanted with your tissue that can mimic your biology and be used to test drugs or treatments to see if they'll work, says Popular Science's Rebecca Boyle. "Two teams of researchers have been working on personalized mouse models, or mouse avatars, that can serve as test beds for doctors looking for the right treatments," Boyle says.

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