CHANGES TO RAT DNA REFLECTS ADAPTATION TO MODERN HUMAN LIFE AND CONSUMPTION OF BAGELS, BEER, CROISSANTS AND BUTTER

CHANGES TO RAT DNA REFLECTS ADAPTATION TO MODERN HUMAN LIFE AND CONSUMPTION OF BAGELS, BEER, CROISSANTS AND BUTTER

BY SEREN MORRIS ON 3/8/20 AT 11:43 AM EDT

 

Scientists have discovered that rats have adapted to modern human life, even adapting their diets to the cities they live in.

The scientists behind the study, first published on bioRxiv, claim that it could be possible that humans and rats have had parallel shifts in their genetic make-up, due to modern city life. The changes in the DNA could make rats susceptible to the same health problems as humans, such as pollutants and sugary foods…