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Submission + - Rats Feel Each Other's Pain (sciencemag.org) 1

sciencehabit writes: Empathy lets us feel another person's pain and drives us to help ease it. But is empathy a uniquely human trait? For decades researchers have debated whether nonhuman animals possess this attribute. Now a new study shows that rats will free a trapped cagemate in distress. The results mean that these rodents can be used to help determine the genetic and physiological underpinnings of empathy in people.
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Rats Feel Each Other's Pain

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