Hair barbering in mice: Implications for neurobehavioural research

  title={Hair barbering in mice: Implications for neurobehavioural research},
  author={A. Kalueff and A. Minasyan and T. Keisala and Z. Shah and P. Tuohimaa},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  • A. Kalueff, A. Minasyan, +2 authors P. Tuohimaa
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Behavioural Processes
  • Barbering (fur/whisker trimming, the Dalila effect) is a behaviour-associated hair and whisker loss frequently seen in laboratory rodents, including mice. Here we analyse barbering behaviour in 129S1, NMRI, C57BL/6 and BALB/c mouse strains and some of their F1 hybrids. Our study shows that barbering in mice, depending on their genotype, is a complex behaviour with several distinct contexts or domains. We observed social (dominant) barbering in NMRI and C57BL/6 mice, sexual over-grooming in… CONTINUE READING
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