Title

The Effect of Material Diabetes in Rats on Intelligence of Their Offspring

Publication Year

1972

Keywords

diabetes, effect of material diabetes, rats, intelligence levels, offspring, fetal development

Disciplines

Biology | Cell and Developmental Biology | Genetics and Genomics | Life Sciences | Physiology

Abstract

The original idea for this study came from a notation by O'Driscoll (1969) of the Naval Hospital at Seattle. He observed that diabetic humans, as a group, tend to be somewhat above average in intelligence. He postulated that a glucose surplus in the brains' formative years might be responsible for this "admittedly subjective observation."

It it the intent of this undertaking, to test this hypothesis, using the experimental laboratory rat to ascertain the rates of learning following fetal development in a hyper-glycemic parent environment, as compared to control levels.

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