• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 

 

 

 
 
HOW DOMESTICATION CHANGED RABBITS' BRAIN
Study co-led by CIBIO-InBIO researchers, which demonstrates that domestication had a profound effect on rabbits' brain, making them tame and less susceptible to fear, has been attracting media attention.
 

In an article published by the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), an international team that includes CIBIO-InBIO researchers Miguel Carneiro, Sandra Afonso, José António Blanco-Aguiar and Nuno Ferrand, shows that there are striking differences in brain morphology between wild and domestic rabbits.


By using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) the study, which now has been highlighted by the media, concluded that particular regions of the brain, involved in fear processing and emotional controlling, have changed.

 

 

To know more about this topic, please follow the links below:

"Domesticação alterou cérebro dos coelhos e tornou-os mais mansos" | Jornal de Notícias | June 25, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)
"Domesticação alterou cérebro dos coelhos e tornou-os mais mansos" | Correio da Manhã | June 25, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)
"Domesticação alterou cérebro dos coelhos e tornou-os mais mansos" | SIC Notícias | June 25, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)
"Domesticação alterou cérebro dos coelhos e tornou-os mais mansos" | Notícias ao Minuto | June 25, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)
"Estudo mostra que domesticação alterou cérebro dos coelhos e tornou-os mais mansos" | Diário de Notícias | June 25, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)
"A domesticação alterou o cérebro dos coelhos (e tornou-os mais mansos)" | Público | June 26, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)
"Cómo los conejos perdieron el miedo" | Voz Populi | June 25, 2018 (Information available in Spanish)
"Striking differences in brain morphology between wild and domestic rabbits" | Phys | June 25, 2018
"Wild, Domestic Rabbits Have Strikingly Different Brain Morphology" | Lab News Daily | June 26, 2018

"Los conejos perdieron el miedo a los animales al domesticarse" | El Dia | June 26, 2018 (Spanish)

"Un estudio internacional en el que participa el IREC demuestra que la domesticación de los conejos redujo su temor" | Liberal de Castilla | June 28, 2018 (Spanish)

 

 

 

To read the national press release for this study, please click here.

 

To access the original article, please click here.

Posted in 2018-06-28