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Q: Rat kidney function ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Rat kidney function
Category: Science > Biology
Asked by: ub9s2me-ga
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Posted: 18 Mar 2006 08:40 PST
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Question ID: 708789
Are common laboratory rats considered desert animals relative to kidney function?
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Subject: Re: Rat kidney function
From: pforcelli-ga on 27 Mar 2006 15:14 PST
Some rat and mouse species are adapted for desert life.  While R.
norvegicus (common lab rat), does produce highly concentrated urine,
it may be held in contrast to the Kangaroo rat, which is a desert
adapted organism.  It is worth pointing out that this is in contrast
with the georgraphic and habitat preference in nautre. So, yes, they
have great kidney function in terms of highly concentrated urine, but
this is contradictory to their habitat.

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