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Researchers short circuit the urge to consume alcohol in rat models of compulsive drinking by shutting down specific neurons wired to the brain’s reward system.

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Exposing male rats to nonionizing radiation increased the animals’ risk of brain and heart tumors in a study, but the findings are far from conclusive.

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Behavior Brief

By | May 21, 2015

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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NYC Rats Harbor Plague Fleas

By | March 3, 2015

Researchers find Oriental rat fleas, the insects that can carry plague bacteria, on New York City-dwelling rodents.

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May the Best Rodent Win

By | January 1, 2015

Are mice, considered by some to be the less intelligent rodent, edging out rats as laboratory models of decision making?

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Rat Race

By | January 1, 2015

Neuroscientist Anthony Zador explains why he uses rats to understand auditory attention in the brain.

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NYC’s Pathogen-Riddled Rats

By | October 15, 2014

Researchers find more than a dozen brand new viruses lurking in rodents inhabiting the Big Apple.

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Light’s Dark Side

By | July 25, 2014

Exposure to dim light at night speeds the growth of human breast cancer tumors implanted into rats and makes the cancer resistant to the drug tamoxifen.

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GM Crop Concerns

By | September 20, 2012

A questionable study claims that rats fed approved genetically modified maize developed cancer and died early.

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