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Newsy (June 1, 2014) San Francisco's animal control says 43-year-old Erica J.'s habit of breeding rats is a serious public health hazard. Video provided by Newsy
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Scientists Able To Erase, Restore Memories In Rats

Scientists Able To Erase, Restore Memories In Rats

Newsy (June 2, 2014) Using a technique that allows lab rats' brains to be controlled using light, researchers confirmed a longstanding theory of how memories form. Video provided by Newsy
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Rat Infestation at Paris' Tuileries Garden

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AFP (July 29, 2014) An infestation of rats is causing concern among tourists at Paris' most famous park -- the Tuileries garden next to the Louvre Museum. Duration: 00:54 Video provided by AFP
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Paralysed Rats Electrically Stimulated to Walk Again

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Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Sep. 24, 2014) Paralysed rats have been helped to walk involuntarily over obstacles by electrically stimulating the severed part of their spinal cord in research at Switzerland's EPFL. Human trials inside an innovative gait platform at a nearby hospital could begin next year, offering hope to spinal cord injury sufferers currently unable to walk. Jim Drury reports. Video provided by Reuters
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