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Learning about learning - a new approach to studying Huntington's Disease

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We have tested the ability of sheep to perform tests of executive function. We found that sheep can perform ‘executive’ cognitive tasks that are an important part of the primate behavioral repertoire, but which have never been shown previously to exist in any other large animal. Sheep have great potential, not only for use as a large animal model of Huntington’s Disease, but also for studying cognitive function and the evolution of complex behaviours in normal animals.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8335465/Sheep-are-far-smarter-than-previously-thought.html

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