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  1. Environmental enrichment exerts anxiolytic effects in the Indian field mouse ( Mus booduga)

    | Contributor(s):: Varman, D. R., Ganapathy, Marimuthu, Rajan, K. E.

    Environmental enrichment (EE) is known to have behavioral and physiological anxiolytic effects in several animal models. However, it is as yet unclear how EE modulates behavior of wild animals and the underlying molecular mechanisms. The adult male field mouse Mus...

  2. Human perceptions of coat color as an indicator of domestic cat personality

    | Contributor(s):: Delgado, M. M., Munera, J. D., Reevy, G. M.

    Associations between mammalian coat color and behavior have been investigated in a number of species, most notably the study of silver foxes by the Institute of Cytology and Genetics at the Russian Academy of Sciences. However, the few studies conducted regarding a potential relation between...

  3. Film commentary: Constitutional and Environmental Interactions in Rearing Four Breeds of Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Scott, John Paul

  4. Heterogeneity and phylogenetic relationships of community-associated methicillin-sensitive/resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates in healthy dogs, cats and their owners

    | Contributor(s):: Wan, M. T., Fu, S. Y., Lo, Y. P., Huang, T. M., Cheng, M. M., Chou, C. C.

    Aims: To investigate the distribution of staphylococcal enterotoxin genes (se) and the molecular features of community-associated methicillin-sensitive/resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MSSA/MRSA) isolates in the nostrils of healthy pets and their owners. Methods and Results: A total of 114...

  5. Progressive retinal atrophy in Schapendoes dogs: Mutation of the newly identified CCDC66 gene

    | Contributor(s):: Dekomien, Gabriele, Vollrath, Conni, Petrasch-Parwez, Elisabeth, Boevé, Michael H., Akkad, Denis A., Gerding, Wanda M., Epplen, Jörg T.

  6. Contamination, crop trials, and compatibility. (Special issue: Ethics as a dimension of agrifood policy: selected papers from the 4th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics)

    | Contributor(s):: Bruce, D.

    This paper examines the ethical and social questions that underlie the present UK discussion whether genetically modified (GM) crops and organic agriculture can coexist within a given region or are mutually exclusive. A European Commission report predicted practical difficulties in achieving...

  7. Exploiting abstract possibilities: a critique of the concept and practice of product patenting

    | Contributor(s):: Radder, H.

    Developments in biotechnology and genomics have moved the issue of patenting scientific and technological inventions toward the centre of interest. In particular, the patentability of genes of plants, animals, or humans and of genetically modified (parts of) living organisms has been discussed,...

  8. Genetic engineering and the integrity of animals

    | Contributor(s):: Vries, R. de

    Genetic engineering evokes a number of objections that are not directed at the negative effects the technique might have on the health and welfare of the modified animals. The concept of animal integrity is often invoked to articulate these kind of objections. Moreover, in reaction to the advent...

  9. Molecular characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains from pet animals and their relationship to human isolates

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    | Contributor(s):: Strommenger, B., Kehrenberg, C., Kettlitz, C., Cuny, C., Verspohl, J., Witte, W., Schwarz, S.

    Objectives: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates from pet animals were characterized and compared with human isolates from clonal complexes most prevalent in Central Europe. Methods: S. aureus isolates were investigated for their in vitro susceptibility to antimicrobial...

  10. Risks associated with genetic modification: an annotated bibliography of peer reviewed natural science publications

    | Contributor(s):: Weaver, S. A., Morris, M. C.

    An annotated bibliography is presented of peer-reviewed papers highlighting the human health, animal welfare, and environmental risks (concerning biodiversity in particular) associated with genetic modification. The bibliography is organized according to the nature of the risks in question: (1)...

  11. Behavior Genetics of Canine Aggression: Behavioral Phenotyping of Golden Retrievers by Means of an Aggression Test

    | Contributor(s):: van den Berg, L., Schilder, M. B. H., Knol, B. W.

  12. Effects of selection for cooperation and attention in dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Gácsi, Márta, McGreevy, Paul, Kara, Edina, Miklósi, Ádám

  13. Evaluation of the serotonergic genes htr1A, htr1B, htr2A, and slc6A4 in aggressive behavior of golden retriever dogs

    | Contributor(s):: van den Berg, L., Vos-Loohuis, M., Schilder, M. B., van Oost, B. A., Hazewinkel, H. A., Wade, C. M., Karlsson, E. K., Lindblad-Toh, K., Liinamo, A. E., Leegwater, P. A.

  14. Kind granddaughters of angry grandmothers: The effect of domestication on vocalization in cross-bred silver foxes

    | Contributor(s):: Gogoleva, Svetlana S., Volodin, Ilya A., Volodina, Elena V., Kharlamova, Anastasia V., Trut, Lyudmila N.

  15. Pharmacological or genetic inactivation of the serotonin transporter improves reversal learning in mice

    | Contributor(s):: Brigman, Jonathan L., Mathur, Poonam, Harvey-White, Judith, Izquierdo, Alicia, Saksida, Lisa M., Bussey, Timothy J., Fox, Stephanie, Deneris, Evan, Murphy, Dennis L., Holmes, Andrew

  16. Phenotyping mouse chromosome substitution strains reveal multiple QTLs for febrile seizure susceptibility

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    | Contributor(s):: Hessel, E. V. S., van Gassen, K. L. I., Wolterink-Donselaar, I. G., Stienen, P. J., Fernandes, C., Brakkee, J. H., Kas, M. J. H., de Graan, P. N. E.

    Febrile seizures (FS) are the most common seizure type in children and recurrent FS are a risk factor for developing temporal lobe epilepsy. Although the mechanisms underlying FS are largely unknown, recent family, twin and animal studies indicate that genetics are important in FS...

  17. Phenotyping of aggressive behavior in Golden Retriever dogs with a questionnaire

    | Contributor(s):: van den Berg, L., Schilder, M. B. H., de Vries, H., Leegwater, P. A. J., van Oost, B. A.

  18. Primate models in serotonin transporter research

    | Contributor(s):: Herman, Khalisa N., Winslow, James T., Suomi, Stephen J.

  19. Recent developments in the use of animal models of psychiatric disease: Introduction to special issue

    | Contributor(s):: Fisch, Gene S., Holmes, Andrew

  20. A behaviour test on German Shepherd dogs: heritability of seven different traits

    | Contributor(s):: Ruefenacht, S., Gebhardt-Henrich, S., Miyake, T., Gaillard, C.

    In this study, genetic and non-genetic effects on behavioural traits were estimated, based on records of the field behaviour test of the Swiss German Shepherd Dog breeding club. This standardized test has been applied since 1949 and comprised the following seven traits: self-confidence, nerve...