Rat kidney function
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18 Mar 2006 08:40 PST
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Are common laboratory rats considered desert animals relative to kidney function?
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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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