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Origin of the Golden Hamster Cricetus auratus as a Laboratory Animal

Nature volume 162, pages 256257 (14 August 1948) | Download Citation



THE golden (Syrian) hamster Cricetus auratus is now being bred in scientific institutions in Europe and America and has proved useful for various experimental investigations. Workers from different countries have written to me inquiring about the origin of the golden hamster, which is now widely distributed in many laboratories. Some of the correspondents are interested in using Cricetus auratus for genetics, others in the history of this hamster as a laboratory animal.

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  1. Department of Parasitology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

    • S. ADLER


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