The mouse communal nest: investigating the epigenetic influences of the early social environment on brain and behavior development.

@article{Branchi2009TheMC,
  title={The mouse communal nest: investigating the epigenetic influences of the early social environment on brain and behavior development.},
  author={Igor Branchi},
  journal={Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews},
  year={2009},
  volume={33 4},
  pages={551-9}
}
Among the epigenetic factors shaping brain and behavior during early postnatal life, social experiences have a major impact. Early social experiences are mainly of two kinds: mother-offspring and peer interaction. In rodents, the latter has so far been rarely studied. The communal nest (CN) is an innovative experimental strategy that favors an exhaustive investigation of the long-term effects not only of mother-offspring but also of peer interaction. CN is a rearing condition employed by up to… CONTINUE READING