Big Picture Science – Oh, Rats!

by Gary Niederhoff on September 10, 2012

Before you chase it with a broom, consider this – without the rat, we might miss critical insights into the nature of stress, cancer … and even love. These furry, red-eyed rodents have a unique role in medical research – and a ubiquitous companion to our urban lives.

Discover the origins of the albino laboratory rat … what rat laughter sounds like, and why these four-legged fur balls don’t fall victim to the pressure of the rat race … but we do.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Lab Rats
Part 2: Pet Rats
Part 3: White Rats
Part 4: Rat Cancer Genes
Part 5: Rat Laughter
Part 6: Seth’s Rat Rap
Part 7: Rat Stress
Part 8: The Rat Race
Part 9: Wild Rats

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