Telomere length: a new measure of chronic stress in wildlife?
How can we tell if animals are suffering? From a pet rabbit kept in a hutch to a tiger confined to a zoo enclosure – how do we REALLY know what’s going on? New research though might help, by looking at a specific part of DNA which has been recognised as indicating stress in children – and now grey parrots.
Telomere length: a new measure of chronic stress in wildlife? Two independent studies find a positive relationship between social environment and telomere length.
The first study — that nearly everyone has heard about — is in children. The second study — that few have heard about — is in pet grey parrots. The second study raises the question: might telomere length be developed as a new way to measure chronic stress — in animals?
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