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 Rat Park Encyclopedia Article @ DoOrDie.com (Do or Die)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Alexander's hypothesis was that drug addiction is a myth, and that the apparent addiction to morphine commonly observed in laboratory rats exposed to it is attributable to their living conditions, and not to any addictive property of the drug itself.
Rats who had been forced to consume morphine hydrochloride for 57 days on end were brought to Rat Park and given a choice between plain tap water and water laced with morphine.
Rats have a sweet tooth, so in an experiment called "The Seduction," the researchers exploited the rats' apparent sweet tooth to test whether they could be enticed to consume morphine if the water was sweet enough.
doordie.com /encyclopedia/Rat_Park   (2522 words)

 Rat - Cats Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Rats are bigger than their relatives the mice, but seldom weigh over 500 grams.
Their reputation has carried into common parlance: in the English language, "rat" is an insult and "to rat on someone" is to betray them by denouncing a crime or misdeed they committed to the authorities.
In imperial Chinese culture, the rat (sometimes referred to as a mouse) is the first of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.
www.cats.tiptophot.com /cats/index.php?title=Rat   (1044 words)

 pack rat - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
PACK RAT [pack rat] rodent of the genus Neotoma, of North and Central America, noted for its habit of collecting bright, shiny objects and leaving other objects, such as nuts or pebbles, in their place; also called trade rat or wood rat.
Most common in the southern and western parts of the United States, but found as far south as Nicaragua, the pack rat stores the objects it collects to decorate its nest.
Pack rats are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Rodentia, family Cricetidae.
encyclopedia.infonautics.com /html/p/packrat.asp   (330 words)

 naked mole rat - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
NAKED MOLE RAT [naked mole rat] name applied to a species (Heterocephalus glaber) of small rodents found in E Africa, whose members—the only hairless rodents—live entirely in underground communities of 80 or more individuals with a structure resembling that of social-insect colonies.
The mole rats divide up the specialized chores, such as collecting food, disposing of waste, and digging tunnels.
Naked mole rats are classified as Phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Rodentia.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/n/nakedmol.asp   (291 words)

 MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Rat-bite fever
The source of the infection is usually a rat, but other animals such as squirrels, weasels, and gerbils, may be the source.
Call your health care provider if you or your child has had recent contact with a rat or other rodents, particularly if the person was bitten or has symptoms of rat-bite fever.
Avoiding contact with rats or rat-contaminated dwellings may help prevent rat-bite fever.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/ency/article/001348.htm   (529 words)

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