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Monogamy and social organization of the prairie vole

 

The prairie vole, Microtus ochrogaster has become one of the primary experimental animals in the study of human neuroendocrine brain functions, including disorders such as autism and attention deficit. The prairie vole is a suitable animal for use in such experimental studies owing to monogamous behavior displayed by both males and females. This unusual trait among mammals (less than five percent of mammalian species display monogamy) was first identified and the underlying neuroendocrine mechanisms described by Drs. Lowell L. Getz and C. Sue Carter at the University of Illinois. This collection describes the events leading to confirming existence of monogamous behavior by the prairie vole. Many of the key papers confirming monogamy and other social behavior in the prairie vole that were published by these two authors are posted in the site. Complete curriculum vitae of both authors (through early 2008) are also included.

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