Housing condition alters immunological and reproductive responses to day length in Siberian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus).

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During winter, increased thermoregulatory demands coincide with limited food availability necessitating physiological tradeoffs among expensive physiological processes resulting in seasonal breeding among small mammals. In the laboratory, short winter-like day lengths induce regression of the reproductive tract, but also enhance many aspects of immune… (More)

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