ATTEMPT TO TRANSFER AVERSION TO SACCHARIN SOLUTION BY INJECTION OF RNA FROM TRAINED TO NAIVE RATS.
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT KNOX KY
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To develop a new technique for the investigation of the possibility that learned behavior can be transferred from a trained to a naive rat by chemical injection, one group of donor rats was trained to have an aversion to saccharin solution, another group to have an aversion to distilled water. Brain RNA was injected from each group to a corresponding recipient group. Both recipient groups were then given a choice between distilled water and saccharin solution. The recipients injected with RNA from rats with an aversion to saccharin had a lower preference for saccharin than those injected with RNA from rats with an aversion to distilled water. However, the possibility that the results were due to chance cannot be discounted p .12. Despite the negative statistical results, there are many reasons implicit in the data to suppose that behavioral technique improvised here is the best available technique for investigation of the chemical transfer of learning. Author