Rats have long been a valuable model in research to answer many questions about physiology, immunology, pharmacology, toxicology, nutrition, behavior, and learning. They have contributed to medical advances for obesity, diabetes and cancer, as well as those for cardiovascular, neurological, inflammatory and immune mediated diseases.


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Twirl is a rat within a training colony at a research facility.  Her job is to help researchers become comfortable around rats and to ensure that they have the skills to humanely handle rats.  Twirl's teacher spends time with her regularly to strengthen the human-animal bond making Twirl's role in…

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