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Correction: Pre-breeding food restriction promotes the optimization of parental investment in house mice, Mus musculus

  • Adam Dušek,
  • Luděk Bartoš,
  • František Sedláček

Correction: Pre-breeding food restriction promotes the optimization of parental investment in house mice, Mus musculus

  • Adam Dušek, 
  • Luděk Bartoš, 
  • František Sedláček

There are errors in the reference list. Reference 58 should have been listed as Reference 39. The correct References 39 to 58 are:

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  1. 1. Dušek A, Bartoš L, Sedláček F (2017) Pre-breeding food restriction promotes the optimization of parental investment in house mice, Mus musculus. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0173985. pmid:28328991