Thursday, 23 May 2013

Like Father Like Son: Mice Follow Dad's Example

Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer
Date: 21 May 2013 Time: 07:02 PM ET

When it comes to parenting, mice follow their fathers' examples. Male mice with neglectful dads grow up to be less nurturing to their own babies, new research finds.

In the study, researchers found that the sons with less affectionate fathers gave their own offspring the same treatment, suggesting paternal behavior can be passed from fathers to sons across multiple generations.

In the mammal world, mothers are generally the sole providers — paternal care is seen in only 5 percent of mammal species. Mothers are known to have a profound impact on their offspring, but less is known about paternal care.

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