The mouse looks like an ordinary rodent in the company hand-out photo.
But its paws, and those of its fellow colonists, could eventually make some significant footprints in a couple of key areas.
One is regional, growing a fledgling biotech corridor in Hampton Roads. Another is global, providing answers to a growing array of diseases caused by obesity.
The mouse is called the DIAMOND, an acronym for “diet induced animal model of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease,” and a colony of them have been reproducing at Eastern Virginia Medical School since April.