A University of Huddersfield scientist has alerted the UK to the mounting problem of destructive "super rats" immune to conventional poison. His research has created nationwide interest, especially in the West of England, where it might be that as many as 75 per cent of rats are the resistant type.
Dr Dougie Clarke, who is Head of Biological Sciences at the University of Huddersfield's School of Applied Sciences, leads the UK Rodenticide Resistance Mapping Project. It takes DNA samples from hundreds of rats around the country in order to establish which regions have the highest prevalence of rats that have genetic mutations that protect them from the most commonly used rat poisons.
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