|Capybara (Hydrochoeris hydrochaeris)|
The Department is also home to a vibrant research group led by Angelica Miglino with whom it has been my privilege to collaborate on the blood supply to the capybara placenta (here and here).
|Placentation in the capybara from Kanashiro et al.|
Reprod Biol Endocrinol 2009 (here)
It is encouraging to see Science advocate the capybara as a model for stroke. In view of its size - at around 65 kg it is the largest living rodent - it might be useful as a model for fetal physiology. As shown in a previous post on the guinea pig, hystricognaths have precocial young and are in this respect more satisfactory models for gestation than mice and their kin.