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Rats News

Researcher figures out how many rats are in NYC

New York City - Legend has it that there's a rat in New York City for every person, more than eight million in total. That's quite a lot of rats — too many, in fact.

Rats of New York found carrying a range of new viruses

New York - Scientists have detected more than a dozen new viruses lurking in rodents inhabiting the Big Apple. To add to this, the rats were found to be carrying many pathogenic bacteria.

New study looks closely at the rats of New York

The rats of New York City are so numerous that it is said there are at least 8.4 million of them. These illusive pests are rarely seen in the daylight hours, but at night, like zombies in the movies, they come out to feed.

Rats learn fear through odors

A new study has found that rodent pups can learn to fear a stimulus through the odor signals given by their mother. The findings suggest a mechanism for how animals might inherit the experiences of their parents.

Louvre Museum gardens plagued by rat infestation

Paris - The beautiful gardens leading to the world-famous Louvre Museum have recently been attracting more and more rats. Garbage and food items left behind by tourists have been largely blamed for the problem.

Gut microbes help to detoxify rat diets

Gut microbes in Mojave Desert rats help the animals metabolize creosote toxins, according to some new research. The results demonstrated that gut microbes can enhance their rodent hosts’ ability to digest the creosote toxins.

Study linking GMO crops and tumors in rats is re-published

Caen - A study that found health problems in rats exposed to genetically engineered maize proved controversial a few years ago. The fervor led to the study being withdrawn. It has now been re-edited and re-published.

San Francisco's 'Rat Girl' is causing problems (Video)

San Francisco - A 43-year-old woman known as "Erica J," or by the nickname "Rat Girl," has been actively breeding rats in a residential hotel in Minna Street and then releasing them "into the wild," so to speak, in the local parks.

Rat-infested ghost ship may be heading for Britain

It sounds like a plotline to a Stephen King story — a ghost ship afloat on the high seas is drifting toward the British Isles; its only passengers are cannibal rats who have had nothing to eat but each other since the ship was set adrift.

Scientists print retinal cells

Scientists have printed healthy rat retinal cells using a simple ink-jet printer. They hope this the the first step towards tissue printing.

Brain chip helps injured rats to move

With a futuristic brain patch, brain-injured rats regained the ability to reach out and grab a bit of food. This new technology might one day help people will spinal injuries.

Experts plan mass rat cull to ‘save seabirds’

A plan has been unveiled to kill over 3,000 rats on two of the Isles of Scilly has been announced. The aim is to protect seabirds from the rodents.

Cryogenic success using rats

Researchers have successfully injected a compound into rats in a cold room. The bodies slowed down; however, when the rats were revived, they were healthy.

Blind mole rats are resistant to many cancers

A new study of blind mole rats demonstrates that the animals are incredibly cancer-resistant. Research indicates that adaptations that help the rodents survive in low-oxygen environments play a key role in their longevity and cancer resistance.

Timber rattlesnakes keeps Lyme disease in check

The timber rattlesnake, common in parts of the U.S., should be conserved, according to a group of ecologists, because the snake eats mice, and mice are the major contributors of Lyme disease.

Review: ‘Dirty Britain’ Special

This eye-opening programme gives an insight into the work of the people who clean up after us, but one word of warning, don't watch it on an empty stomach.

Type 2 diabetes drug may cause cancer

A doctor in the U.S. has raised concerns about a class of medicines used to treat type 2 diabetes by raising a warning that they could cause pancreatic cancer.

How a rat may have taken down Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant

Fukushima - It is estimated that in the United States there is one rat for every human. Rats have spread diseases such as Bubonic Plague and Typhus just to name a few. But is it really possible that a rat can take down a modern nuclear power plant?

Could the ‘plague’ become a re-emerging infectious disease?

The discovery of the London 14th century plague pits has triggered an interesting debate amongst scientists and historians: could the plague ever re-emerge on a similar level in the twenty-first century?

African Civil Society petitions the African Union to ban GMOs

In the wake of the recent ban by Kenya on the importation of GMO products until proper health evaluation has been completed, the African Civil Society is now requesting the African Union (AU) to ban GMOs.

Kenya bans importation of all GMO foods (video)

Nairobi - In a groundbreaking act, Public Health Minister Beth Mugo of the Kenyan government has advised that Kenya has completely banned the importation of all genetically modified (GMO) food into the country, until exhaustive tests on health effects are complete.

Litter of rats found in baby food package, company investigates

When a Swedish parent opened a package of baby food for her seven-month-old daughter she found herself face to face with a litter of dead rats.

European Food Safety Authority dismisses French study of GMO corn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a report by French scientists linking genetically modified corn to cancer, saying it cannot accept an "inadequate" report.

Video: Telebriefing on animal feeding trial on GM corn & Roundup

Paris - The results of a two-year feeding trial were released yesterday, with details of tumors and mortality in rats, and a telebriefing conference was held which has now been released as an audio file.

Monsanto's GM corn and weedkiller cause rats tumors and mortality

French scientists found tumors, multiple organ damage and premature mortality in rats exposed to Monsanto’s genetically modified corn or the company’s top-selling weedkiller, a study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology shows.

Alberta's 'rat free' status in jeopardy after colony discovered

Medicine Hat - Since the 1950's Alberta has boasted that is is "rat free" giving comfort to those who may be rodent phobic and protecting the lucrative grain industry. But now a colony of rats has been found in Medicine Hat, that could challenge the claim.

Does what we eat affect how we think?

Los Angeles - New research suggests that what we eat affects how we think. The research suggests that a diet high in sugar can slow the brain, hampering memory and learning.

Does caffeine make you work harder? It might be psychological

A study on rats has shown that caffeine may help to make lazy rats work harder but it can have the opposite effect on already hard-working animals. Does the same effect apply to people?

Op-Ed: Food fight on New York City subway, is eating okay on subways?

New York - Someone is eating spaghetti on the subway, and someone comments "Animal" and the food fight begins. But what is the protocol, or proper etiquette for eating on the transit system?

Rat population explodes around Occupy D.C. camps

Washington - Since October, the rat population has exploded around the two Occupy D.C. camps, located at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square in downtown Washington.
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You can t call them lazy. Once a female rat reproduces  she could have 15 000 descendants by the end...
You can't call them lazy. Once a female rat reproduces, she could have 15,000 descendants by the end of just one year!
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rats drinking milk at the Rat Temple in India
rats drinking milk at the Rat Temple in India
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File photo: A laboratory rat is a rat of the species Rattus norvegicus (brown rat) which is bred and kept for scientific research
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A sign in the New York City subway advises passengers that rodenticide was applied.
A sign in the New York City subway advises passengers that rodenticide was applied.
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Rat with mammary tumors.
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Rats do carry a number of diseases  more than we realized.
Rats do carry a number of diseases, more than we realized.
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NYC subways have been trying to eradicate the rats for years  but with little success.
NYC subways have been trying to eradicate the rats for years, but with little success.
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A very unhealthy looking urban rat, but don't worry, there are plenty more where this one came from.
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The view from Compass Hill on Canna, overlooking Canna Bay
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The Lyubov Orlova sits in port in Newfoundland, Canada after being seized for unpaid debts and not paying its crew. It was eventually towed out of harbor but ended up adrift in the North Atlantic and unaccounted for.
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A street rat looking for a meal.
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