Karen Rader’s first book Making Mice: Standardizing Animals for American Biomedical Research, 1900-1935 (Princeton University Press 2004), was selected as an outstanding academic title for 2005 by Choice, one of the leading reviewers of books for libraries. Her work will be featured in a future BBC documentary on the history of the laboratory mouse.
Making Mice documents how inbred mice were developed and then became the most used organism in genetic experiments. At the center of this story is C.C. Little who was the first to develop inbred mice and subsequently the man behind their acceptance as standard test models.
Susan Lindee of the University of Pennsylvania praises Rader’s work: “Engagingly written, Making Mice tells the story of the laboratory mouse and its diverse allies. It is a major contribution to the field.”
Rader is Marilyn Simpson Chair of Science and Society. She is a recipient of a CAREER grant 2002-2007, from the National Science Foundation. Her special interests are in history of the life sciences, particularly relations between laboratory work and larger political, social, and ethical issues in American culture. Rader received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University and has been a Sarah Lawrence faculty member since 1998.