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Papers relating to rabbit sex control experiments, 1976-1981

Identifier: Coll-1364/1/5

Scope and Contents


  1. Files 1-2: SR/35: Rabbit Sex Control - Experimental Data and Correspondence, containing working notes, summary sheets of experimental data and correspondence about the progress of the research, mainly between Beatty and Richard Hancock (1976-1981);
  2. File 3: SR/35: Summaries, containing mainly summary sheets from experiments covering the period 1973-1977;
  3. File 4: SR/35: Workings, containing working notes of experimental data on graph paper (1977-1978);
  4. File 5: SR/38: Second Rabbit Sex Control, containing summary sheets and working notes of experimental data (1978);
  5. File 6: SR/39 and 40: Burkov Repeat, containing summary sheets and working notes of experimental data (1979).

The original file titles have been retained.


  • Creation: 1976-1981

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to researcher completing a Data Protection undertaking form.

Biographical / Historical

One of Beatty's students, Richard Hancock, found in 1974 that when anti-cock sperm antisera were added to rabbit semen used for insemination, the proportion of male offspring was significantly reduced. This work was in response to the findings of I.A Burkov (1968), who suggested that antibodies to cock sperm would react selectively with Y-bearing rabbit sperm. Hancock and Beatty continued to collaborate in and correspond about this work after Hancock moved to the University of Bristol. Hancock published 'Comparisons of effects of normal rabbit sera and anti-cock sperm sera on rabbit sperm, including comparison of effects on the sex ratio' in Biology of Reproduction, 18:510-515 (1978).


6 folders

Physical Location

CLX-A-1092 - CLX-A-1093

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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