Mice, cows, dung beetles, shrews, and drunken humans triumph in 2013 Ig Nobel prize

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 16 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5622
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The 2013 Ig Nobel prize in medicine has been awarded to Masanori Niimi of Teikyo University, Tokyo, and his colleagues for research that found that listening to Verdi’s La Traviata improved cardiac allograft survival—in mice.

Niimi accepted the prize at the 23rd annual Ig Nobel prize ceremony before a raucous crowd at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 12 September. The event, which is produced by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research, seeks to highlight studies “that first make people laugh, then make them think,” the organizers explain.

The work for which the prize in medicine was awarded showed that mice that listened to La Traviata for seven days after transplantation had a median allograft survival time of 26.5 days, whereas in the no treatment group the median survival time was seven days (P<0.001). Among mice that listened to a …

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