The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2017)]
Becca Cudmore details the work of two scientists who study the over-population and disturbances of rats in popular cities. The scientists state their initial reason for the study stemmed from their desire to “address health concerns” since people believe rats carry bacteria and diseases (59).
The scientists learned that rats adapted not only to the human environment but also to pre-human existence and likely stole food from other organisms before us (60). Scientists used this study to expose the many diseases rats carry their adaptive qualities and touch on the best way to prevent them from disturbing humans.
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