Poor rats make poor mums

Rats living in slum conditions aren’t great mothers

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New York scientists have discovered that laboratory mother rats living in ‘poor’ conditions didn’t pay as much attention to their offspring as rats living in a better quality environment.
Professor Frances Champagne and her team at Columbia University were studying the rats to see if your early experiences can be programmed into your genes and so affect future behaviour.
Interestingly, when the two sets of mother rats and their pups had their home environments switched, the rats who’d previously been attentive mums became less interested in looking after their babies.

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