Social odours, hormone modulation and resistance to disease in male laboratory mice,<ce:bold><ce:italic>Mus musculus</ce:italic></ce:bold>

@article{Smith1996SocialOH,
  title={Social odours, hormone modulation and resistance to disease in male laboratory mice,<ce:bold><ce:italic>Mus musculus</ce:italic></ce:bold>},
  author={F V Smith and Christopher J. Barnard and Jerzy M Behnke},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1996},
  volume={52},
  pages={141-153}
}
Isolated adult male CFLP mice were exposed in their home cage to the odours of unfamiliar males and females. Their immunocompetence and resistance to subsequent experimental infection with Babesia microti were lower than those of control animals. Males that had held high social rank in previously established groups had a more severer infection than those that had been low rankers. The reduction in resistance among high rankers was most pronounced when female odours were combined with the odours… CONTINUE READING

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