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This article in the Economist considers why rat control in Asia, where black rats are more common than the brown rats that spread in Europe, has been particularly difficult. Scientist Ken Aplin from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Australia just completed work indicating broader genetic diversity than expected among black rats, which could indicate why different control methods are needed.

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