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Prevention of coprophagy in the rat

A look back at one of the classic studies about prevention of coprophagy in the rat:

Prevention of coprophagy in the rat,” Richard H. Barnes, Grace Fiala, Bette McGehee, and Ann Brown, Journal of Nutrition, vol.  63, no. 4 (1957): 489-498. The authors, at Cornell University, begin with the now-familiar words:

“The contributions of coprophagy in rats as a means of making available the nutrients that are synthesized in the lower intestine has remained one of the major nutritional mysteries of our time…

Here’s detail from the study:

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