Allo-nursing in lab mice

29 06 2016

Female lab mice show allo-nursing, even when they’re not Screenshot 2016-06-28 22.07.40sisters (pictured is an albino mouse nursing the pigmented pups of her C57 cage mate).

But this nice new paper from Joe, Brianna and Kate Pritchett-Corning shows it’s not all sweetness and light in the communal nursery: average litters are smaller, and more pups are mysteriously over-groomed, compared to  when mothers raise their infants solo. Very cool stuff, and very useful for my planned DG work…