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Cytology of Alimentary Tract and Associated Glands of the Fowl, Gallus domesticus

Nature volume 160, pages 6263 (12 July 1947) | Download Citation



The changes in the cytoplasmic components of the, cells of the alimentary tract during fasting and after feeding have been described for several animals of widely separated groups, but, so far as I am aware, there are only three papers on the cytology of the digestive glands of the domestic fowl1,2,3, and knowledge is still scanty regarding the behaviour of the cytoplasmic inclusions of these structures. The present observations were carried out on fixed material obtained from young chickens, and yielded information which does not seem to have been previously recorded. Samples from different parts of the intestinal tract and from the associated glands were, taken from birds killed after a twenty-four hours fast and at periods ranging from half an hour to six hours, after a meal.

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    , and , Arch. Anat. Micr., 34 (1938).

  2. 2.

    , Anat. Rec., 58 (1933).

  3. 3.

    , J. Morph., 70 (1942).

  4. 4.

    , Phys. Z., 14 (1941).

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  1. Department of Zoology, University of Edinburgh.

    • K. S. CHODNIK


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