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Lab Rats is a 2007 BBC situation comedy currently in development set in a university science laboratory. It will star Chris Addison, who has co-written the series with Carl Cooper. The series is produced by Armando Iannucci, with whom Addison worked in The Thick of It. Image File history File links TVfuture_icon. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For a list of universities around the world, see Lists of colleges and universities Representation of a university class, 1350s. ... Chris Addison is an award-winning writer, stand up comic and actor, with a career which has spanned over a decade. ... Presenting the Election Night Armistice in 1997 Armando Iannucci (born 1964, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish comedian, satirist and radio producer. ... The Thick of It is a British comedy television series, which satirises the inner workings of modern British government. ...
Iannucci has stated that the programme will be a traditional-style sitcom recorded in front of a live audience. He has hinted that it will be a "very cartoony" show featuring "lots of giant snails". 
A pilot premiered as part of a series called "Behind Closed Doors" in Autumn 2006.
^ Armando Iannucci: Keeper of the satirical flame in The Independent, 31 July 2006, URL accessed 20th January, 2007
^ BBC Press Release:BBC THREE Autumn 2006, URL accessed 21st January, 2007
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The case with rats and respiratory disease is similar: as virtually all rats (in fact all pet, wild and lab except for those SPF lab specimens delivered by C-section) carry respiratory infections in much the same way as we carry the common cold.
Even if every rat in the pet population was SPF we would still have the worry of infection through wild rats, who, because the pertinent respiratory disease causing pathogens are airborne (aka aerosol infections), a wild rat passing beneath your floorboards, or past an open window could, at least in theory, infect a pet rat.
As virtually all rats are destroyed at the end of an experiment -- often at only a few months of age, little care is put into deliberately breeding long-lived or particularly healthy labrats, although some specific experiments for longevity are documented.
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