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  Disease-free rats? Are SPF lab rats desirable as pets?
The case with rats and respiratory disease is similar: as virtually all rats (in fact all pet, wild and lab except for those SPF lab specimens delivered by C-section) carry respiratory infections in much the same way as we carry the common cold.
Even if every rat in the pet population was SPF we would still have the worry of infection through wild rats, who, because the pertinent respiratory disease causing pathogens are airborne (aka aerosol infections), a wild rat passing beneath your floorboards, or past an open window could, at least in theory, infect a pet rat.
As virtually all rats are destroyed at the end of an experiment -- often at only a few months of age, little care is put into deliberately breeding long-lived or particularly healthy lab rats, although some specific experiments for longevity are documented.
www.blackstaff.co.uk /labrats.html   (992 words)

Six teenagers are self-proclaimed "lab rats", forced to enter a virtual reality training facility to test its capabilities.
With one "lab rat" dying in the opening sequence of the issue, the life expectancy of the rest of these teens is certainly up in the air...
Lab Rats is a monthly series from DC Comics (but I suspect not for much longer).
www.icomics.com /rev_041602_labrats.shtml   (677 words)

 Aljazeera.Net - Lab rats demonstrate language skills   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Rats can tell the difference between such languages as Dutch and Japanese, according to researchers in Spain.
The rats were trained to respond to either Dutch or Japanese using food as a reward.
Rats rewarded for responding to Japanese did not respond to Dutch and rats trained to recognise Dutch did not respond to spoken Japanese.
english.aljazeera.net /NR/exeres/881291F1-DE7C-4AE8-A0F4-37A30453F91F.htm   (399 words)

 Physiological profile of juvenile rats: effects of cage size and cage density - Lab Animal
The random term for the statistical analyses was the assignment of the rats to the cages.
We also found that the body or organ weights of the male rats, regardless of housing conditions, were greater than those of the female rats, with the exception of the weights of the adrenal glands, which were greater in the females (Table 3).
Rats raised in small cages had higher serum cholesterol, ALP, calcium, and phosphorus concentrations and lower VLDL concentrations than rats raised in large cages (Table 4, Fig.
www.labanimal.com /laban/journal/v36/n2/full/laban0207-28.html   (4686 words)

 RMCA: Rat and Mouse Orphans
I am a researcher conducting some non-intrusive studies on Sprague-Dawley rat dams and pups - I will be finished with them at about postnatal day 70, and have money in my budget to house them in enriched environments until postnatal day 365.
I do not want to euthanize these rats, and am looking for options for them after the experiment is over.
It is a part of my teaching duties and I don't have much choice about whether or not to use rats.
www.rmca.org /Rescue/orphans/index.php?method=showdetails&list=listing&rollid=646&fromlist=listing&frommethod=showdetails&fromid=781&fromfromlist=listing_active&fromfrommethod=showhtmllist   (148 words)

 HydroGel Nourishes Lab Rats, but Could Water Humans Soon - Health - RedOrbit
HydroGel is designed to keep lab animals hydrated during shipment without the inevitable spilling and mess created by regular water.
Lab officials said they currently use another gel to keep the mice hydrated during shipment, but flavored HydroGel may be more beneficial by getting the mice to eat, or drink, more while in-transit.
Dioli, president of ClearH2O, discovered that the gel the lab was using could be improved and came up with HydroGel, which remains longer in the gel state than other similar products and can easily be turned into a liquid and back into a gel again.
www.redorbit.com /news/health/735978/hydrogel_nourishes_lab_rats_but_could_water_humans_soon/index.html?source=r_health   (865 words)

 Lab Rats   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
LAB RATS is a new ongoing series set in the DC Universe, written and drawn by fan-favorite John Byrne (SUPERMAN and BATMAN: GENERATIONS, JUST IMAGINE...ROBIN) -- who is no stranger to telling thrilling stories of heroic, troubled youths facing seemingly unstoppable foes.
In LAB RATS #1, readers are introduced to the research subjects of the "Campus," a scientific institution whose goals are unknown and methods are...unorthodox, to say the least.
LAB RATS is an ongoing series edited by Mike Carlin.
www.dccomics.com /features/labrats/labrats.html   (333 words)

 Lab Rats of the World Unite!
We are “lab rats” in just about every sense of the term.
Lab rats are eventually put to death in a cruel way.
Yes, we have become the lab rats to the corporations that are manufacturing such chemicals.
www.fragilecologies.com /jun07_01.html   (814 words)

 Lab Rats Return to Wild Ways Fast, Documentary Reveals
The film depicts how quickly lab rats return to their wild ways when given the opportunity to act out natural behaviors outdoors.
All of the rats were born and raised in laboratories and were the product of hundreds of generations of domestication.
The experiment, Berdoy explains, reveals "the range of behaviours and needs which, despite generations of domestication, remain innate and ready to be expressed when given the opportunity." Originally produced as a teaching tool for researchers, the film gives insight into the complex nature of one of the most commonly-used laboratory animals.
www.hsus.org /animals_in_research/animals_in_research_news/lab_rats_return_to_wild_ways_fast_documentary_reveals.html   (535 words)

 Lab Rats : 6/18/2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
A former lab worker was awarded $325,000 in economic damages and $675,000 for emotional distress in connection with a sexual harassment case filed in 1994.
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was named as one of the defendants in an action wherein the plaintiff alleged she was fired after testifying on behalf of a woman she supervised.
According to the suit, the lab initiated an investigation into her phone and computer use after she gave testimony at a deposition which bolstered a claim against the company.
www.mcglinchey.com /publications/newslettermonth.asp?article=437&issue=6&vol=2002   (112 words)

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Lab Rats Comedy is a charter member troupe of the Southeastern Comedy Arts Alliance, which currently includes groups from Jackson, Starkville, and Tuscaloosa.
SECAA is currently putting on a program known as “Laughingstock.” All of the troupes in SECAA have agreed to perform shows in April (due to scheduling, the Lab Rats used the end of March) and give all of the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Lab Rats was extremely proud to host the 2006 Southeastern Comedy Arts Festival, which happened on September 29-30, at Mississippi State University.
www.labratscomedy.com /secaa   (187 words)

 LHS Biology Lab: Rats
Daniel F. Many people have come to believe that rats are dirty, disease ridden, and bite easily.
Without rats, medical research wouldn't have many test subjects, and the release of new medicine would be greatly depreciated.
The rat is very similar to ourselves in anatomy.
www.lhs.berkeley.edu /Biolab/wlhrat.html   (123 words)

 3 lab rats sent out to play at restaurant - The Boston Globe
The rats are under quarantine, to make sure they are disease-free, at a city Animal Control Office in Roslindale and will be put up for adoption, a spokeswoman said.
After the rats were released, ``a commotion ensued as customers attempted to get away from the rats," the police report states.
Bruce Andrews, 50, a union deliveryman who often delivers food to Newbury Street eateries, said that he had seen the inflatable rat outside the restaurant in the past and that it had not bothered him.
www.boston.com /news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/08/05/3_lab_rats_sent_out_to_play_at_restaurant   (912 words)

 Do lab rats dream?
The researchers found that patterns of brain activity identified when the rats ran a circular maze, receiving a reward of chocolate-flavored sprinkles for their efforts, were exactly duplicated when the rats were sleeping.
In particular, the patterns, detected in the firing of clusters of cells in the hippocampus, an area involved with memory formation and storage, were reproduced during phases of sleep that in humans are strongly linked to dreaming.
Although only four rats were studied, Dr. Wilson and other scientists said that the number was sufficient to attain statistical significance, and that the elaborate nature of the controls used in the study made it unlikely that the results were spurious, though more research needs to be done to replicate and extend the findings.
www.justpacific.com /bits'n'pieces/dreams~rats.html   (1365 words)

 LiveScience.com - Rats Born to Mice in Bizarre Lab Work   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Researchers began by growing rat sperm in mice, and proceeded to foster sperm from hamsters, rabbits, pigs, bulls and humans in mice as well.
The capability this opens up to study human sperm generated using this method could lead to novel contraceptives, Shinohara added, or in studying what contaminants are toxic to male reproduction.
Rat offspring from a mouse recipient that received cryopreserved rat testis cell transplantation.
www.livescience.com /othernews/060828_surrogate_rats.html   (498 words)

 BioEd Online: Lab rats go wild in Oxfordshire
The documentary, which follows 75 lab rats after they were released into an Oxfordshire farmyard, has surprised biomedical researchers by proving that lab rats quickly recover their wild behaviour once liberated.
Berdoy expected the rats to cope with their new conditions, but he was impressed by how quickly they adapted.
Although the rats had spent their whole lives being fed on pellets, the females immediately prepared for pregnancy by foraging and storing appropriate food.
www.bioedonline.org /news/news-print.cfm?art=771   (583 words)

 Life Sciences | University of Maryland | Peer Mentor Program
The lab meets twice a week and group work is essential to the success of the lab.
You are graded on lab reports as well as two major assignments, and on-line lab midterm and final exams.
One of the last labs is one in which students design their own experiments to identify an unknown organism.
www.life.umd.edu /c-undergraduate/peer-mentor/labrats   (222 words)

 Lab Rats for Art
In 2002 however, the organisers had another idea: make the LoungeLab into a real “lab” and invite diverse artists to come and experiment there: experiment with media, with collaborative processes, with art forms, with themselves and with each other.
The lab, it must be said, got off to a rather shaky start because, despite weekly online preparatory chats, the artists did not know each other.
Weimar-based group Ikarus contributed to the icebreaking with their project of cooking a meal, and encouraging us to cook, together in the lab workspace.
www.year01.com /issue11/rats.html   (632 words)

 SitNews - Hard-drinking lab rats give clues to binge drinking
The rats are part of UAA associate professor Eric Murphy's long-term experiment on binge drinking.
Because of estro-cycles, Murphy says, female rats are a bit too complicated for the study (think moody; think of rats with PMS binge-drinking).
Rats that stopped drinking started again when loud noises were introduced.
www.sitnews.us /1106news/112906/112906_shns_bar_rats.html   (710 words)

 s h o t g u n r e v i e w s   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Scientists across the nation have admitted to using rats and their rodent cousins, mice, in scientific research in fields from psychology to toxicology and nutrition.
Stein points out in his study that the problem of lab rat mortality is exacerbated by a lack of regulation in the research industry.
When Barbarasdaughter was queried about the practice of culling male rats because of behavioral problems, her only comment was “Even a vision-impaired squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.” She also denied that LEFTIes were responsible for the death of laboratory rats “rescued” from research facilities.
www.shotgunreviews.com /features/labrats.html   (545 words)

 Research on lab rats shows antioxidants reduce severity of strokes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
After a month, a stroke was induced in the rats and their response and recovery were measured.
The rats fed blueberries and spinach experienced a stroke that was 50 percent smaller than the control group.
The rats fed spirulina experienced a stroke that was 75 percent smaller.
www.newstarget.com /007408.html   (682 words)

 USATODAY.com - Cleanliness not necessarily healthy, wild and lab rats and mice show   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gritty rats and mice living in sewers and farms seem to have healthier immune systems than their squeaky clean cousins that frolic in cushy antiseptic labs, two studies indicate.
When the immune cells in the wild rats are stimulated by researchers, "they just don't do anything they sit there; if you give them same stimulus to the lab rats, they go crazy," said study co-author Dr. William Parker, a Duke University professor of experimental surgery.
He said what happened in the lab rats is what likely occurs in humans: their immune systems have got it so cushy they overreact to smallest of problems.
www.usatoday.com /tech/science/2006-06-16-sanitized_x.htm   (700 words)

 National Anti-Vivisection Society: Lab rats cured but not humans
“Lab mice, after all, have responded quite well to an experimental Alzheimer's vaccine that blocked the formation of the amyloid plaques believed responsible for the disease.
Lab rats with paralyzing spinal-cord injuries have walked again, albeit awkwardly, after treatments.
Begley explains that one reason for this lack of translation from basic research to humans is that top science journals prefer to publish the kinds of studies that can be performed on animals as opposed to the kind performed on humans.
www.navs.org /site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6645&news_iv_ctrl=1081   (415 words)

 Saccharin Still Poses Cancer Risk, Scientists Tell Federal Agency
In their letter to the NTP, the scientists described several studies in rats and mice that found that saccharin caused cancer in the uterus, skin, and several other organs, as well as in the urinary bladder.
Industry acknowledges that saccharin causes bladder cancer in rats, but says its research shows that those cancers result from physiologic changes that only occur when rats ingest large doses of saccharin and are not relevant to humans.
Moreover, they said industry has failed to explain bladder tumors in female rats, as well as other kinds of tumors found in some rodent studies and the human studies indicating an increased risk of bladder cancer.
www.cspinet.org /new/saccharn.htm   (676 words)

 Lab Rats - Hak5
Lab Rats is the brainchild of Sean Carruthers and Andy Walker.
When the two technology journalists saw that podcasts were taking the Internet by storm they figure it couldn't be that hard to make TV for the web.
Incidentally, Andy's cats Biff and Boo were not slated for co-star status on the show originally, but they wouldn't get off the set, so they became the Lab Cats by default and have since produced some of the funnier outtakes on the show.
hak5.org /wiki/Lab_Rats   (241 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Life | Lab habits
These conclusions, repeated frequently by politicians and the media, are based on experiments carried out almost exclusively on animals, usually rats and monkeys, housed in metal cages and experiencing a particularly poor quality of life.
Rat Park, as it became known, was kept clean and temperate, while the rats were supplied with plenty of food and toys, along with places to dig, rest and mate.
Alexander simultaneously monitored rats kept in "normal" lab conditions: they consistently chose the morphine drip over plain water, sometimes consuming 16-20 times more than the Rat Parkers.
www.guardian.co.uk /life/farout/story/0,,1496694,00.html   (377 words)

 The Lab Rats   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
One of Doctor Frank’s longer-running pet projects, the lab rats long ago gained the capacity for conscious thought and a pretty reasonable level of intelligence.
These are the only rats in known existence who have a tiny printing press in their cage and spend their weekends printing pamphlets and holding strategy meetings.
Every couple of weeks the rats escape from the lab and stage a miniature protest around the school, complete with little banners declaring the evils of cruelty to animals.
jerriekandle.fraildream.net /bios/other/labrats.html   (328 words)

 Lab rats run amok | The Newsbulletin | December 15, 2004
Rats at the Laboratory are responsible for two recent vehicle fires.
During a severe cold spell earlier this month, field rats climbed into warm engine compartments and decided to call them home, building nests made of combustible material.
Emergency managers ask that Lab employees look for small twigs, weeds, leaves and grasses, and other typical nesting materials that might be visible in their vehicles.
www.lanl.gov /orgs/pa/newsbulletin/2004/12/15/text06.shtml   (274 words)

 Sandra Beasley and the Spaz Rats   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
A Fancy Rat can be the rat that is purchased from the pet store feeder bin for as little as $2.00 to the pedigree rat purchased from a reputable breeder for as much as $25.00 (more or less).
The fancy rat is purposely bred by humans for impeccable health, a mild disposition, friendliness toward their care-givers, and as a show or pet quality animal.
Rats can make excellent classroom pets as long as children are properly taught how to handle them and how to look after them.
spazrats.tripod.com /domesticpets.html   (1305 words)

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