Mesocricetus auratus (n=21 + X + Y) The golden hamster is one of the more recent additions to the range of laboratory animals. The species is proving to be an excellent laboratory subject and, already, a number of mutant genes have been described. In toto, approximately 16 have been reported to date and those which have been utilized in linkage research are presented in Table 16.1. A general review of hamster genetics may be found in Robinson (1968).


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