alcohol exposure alters adult expression of sexually dimorphic
behaviour in the rat
Author Paul Kenyon
McGiven et al,( Science , 224 , 896-898, 1984), found that saccharin preference was altered in adult male and female rats that had been exposed to alcohol during gestation. The sexual dimorphism normally observed in this behaviour was absent in fetal alcohol-exposed rats. The lack of dimorphism appears to result from a masculinisation of the exposed females and a feminisation of the exposed males. You can read more about the role of hormones in sexual dimorphism here ....
Because this is a fairly complex experiment we will: