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Burrowing in rodents: a sensitive method for detecting behavioral dysfunction.

Abstract:

Virtually all rodents display burrowing behavior, yet measurement of this behavior has not yet been standardized or formalized. Previously, parameters such as the latency to burrow and the complexity of the burrow systems in substrate-filled boxes in the laboratory or naturalistic outdoor environments have been assessed. We describe here a simple protocol that can quantitatively measure burrowing in laboratory rodents, using a simple apparatus that can be placed in the home cage. The test is ...

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10.1038/nprot.2006.19

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
Journal:
Nature protocols
Volume:
1
Issue:
1
Pages:
118-121
Publication date:
2006
DOI:
EISSN:
1750-2799
ISSN:
1754-2189
URN:
uuid:c791c51e-b329-44ec-b1f8-be7043da3ebf
Source identifiers:
27912
Local pid:
pubs:27912

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