Group housing accelerates growth and induces obesity in adult hamsters.


To determine whether variable body heat loss may influence control of growth and regulation of body fat content in hamsters, mature female hamsters were housed for 7-14 wk in one of three conditions: individually in metal cages (n = 6), individually in plastic boxes with bedding (n = 6), or communally (6 per box) in plastic boxes with bedding. Their resting… (More)


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