Twenty-nine transgenic mice that two Spanish airlines had refused to transport hitched a ride to the Canary Islands on a military plane Friday and are now at their final destination, the University of La Laguna in Tenerife. The mice were bred in the United States and had been stranded in Madrid for 2 months because Iberia and Air Europa have stopped shipping laboratory animals. Javier Castro Hernández is a postdoctoral student at the University Hospital of the Canary Islands. He originally ordered the animals--and recently sounded the alarm about the airlines' decision. He told Science Magazine, "We feel relieved after these 2 months, which have been very stressful."
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