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Gut Microbiota–Obesity Link Clarified

By | June 10, 2016

Changes in diet can cause gut microbes to produce acetate, which in turn stimulates insulin secretion and obesity in rodents, scientists show.

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Neural Basis of Risk Aversion

By | March 24, 2016

Researchers identify and manipulate a signal in the brains of rats that controls risky behavior.

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Sensing North

By | April 2, 2015

“Blind” rats fitted with a neuroprosthetic device that stimulates the brain when the animals turn their heads to the north or south can navigate mazes as well as sighted rats.

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“Inner GPS” Support

By | February 5, 2015

Grid cells—the neurons that function as a spatial navigation system—require input from another set of neurons, a rat study shows.

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Rat Massages Get the Golden Goose

By | September 4, 2014

Award recognizes research that has improved outcomes for premature babies.

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Behavior Brief

By | June 12, 2014

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Behavior Brief

By | January 16, 2014

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Suppressing Drug-Seeking Behaviors

By | November 24, 2013

Augmenting the action of a glutamate receptor in the brains of addicted rats helps prevent them from seeking cocaine during withdrawal, a study shows.

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Signs of Consciousness in Dying Brains

By | August 13, 2013

A brief burst of brain activity with the neural signatures of consciousness follows cardiac arrest in rats. 

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Lab Rats Need Better Diets

By | July 18, 2012

Rodents fed all-you-can-eat diets may be skewing experimental results.

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