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Behavioral comparability of wild and domesticated rats.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7325955     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The oft-repeated concern for the lack of behavioral comparability of domestic rats with wild forms of Rattus norvegicus is unfounded. Laboratory rats appear to show the potential for all wild-type behaviors, including the most dramatic social postures. Moreover, domestics are capable of assuming a feral existence without difficulty, one where they readily behave in a fashion indistinguishable from wild rats. The one behavioral difference that is clearly established concerns performance in laboratory learning paradigms. The superiority of domestics in these laboratory tasks speaks more to quieting the concerns of degeneracy theorists than to problems of using domestic Norway rats as subjects representative of their species.
R Boice
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Behavior genetics     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0001-8244     ISO Abbreviation:  Behav. Genet.     Publication Date:  1981 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-03-22     Completed Date:  1982-03-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0251711     Medline TA:  Behav Genet     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  545-53     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Behavior, Animal*
Genetics, Behavioral
Rats / genetics*

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