Standard lab cages make female mice aggressive

17 07 2019

Emma N’s paper is out already! Here is a link giving free full access for 45 days or so.

And the short answer to the question in the title is that we don’t know: we just couldn’t fully identify why enriched mice are so much more pacific than standard-caged females. Some of it was that crowding elevates encounter rates, but that wasn’t the full explanation. We suspect frustration and negative judgment biases, but that’s for future work… Meanwhile, just know that female mice sharing good environments are like the Golden Girls; but for those in standard cages, it’s all a bit more Orange is the New Black.

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