animal research blog posts

21 April, 2020

Rodents in research: Is 2020 the year of the lab rat?

By Envigo

Lab rats and mice have been used for decades to make great medical advances, from HIV antiretrovirals to the flu vaccine. But there’s always been an interesting debate about which is the more useful animal model — the rat or the mouse.

With the current devastating emergence of the coronavirus pathogen, flexible research models have never been more important. Let’s take a closer look at the story behind the debate to see if 2020 will indeed be the year of the lab rat.

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09 March, 2020

Care and husbandry for immunodeficient rodents: guidance to reduce risks in your research

By Jamie Naden

Immunodeficient rodents can serve as a valuable part of basic research studies to help researchers better understand immune-related diseases and immune response. Use of these unique models have driven medical advances in the development of chemotherapies, immunotherapies, biologics and CAR T-cell therapies and even contributed to imaging techniques and personalized medicines.

While these rodent models can be very powerful in research, they understandably require very special care to maintain their health status and reduce the risk of pathogens and infections that can derail research results.

This blog discusses how immunodeficient rodents can be bred and housed along with the considerations for bedding, enrichment, packing and shipping to ensure that these rodents have the care they require to remain healthy throughout their lives.  

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05 February, 2020

4 tips for developing a laboratory animal care training program

By Envigo

The quality of research and welfare of laboratory animals greatly depends on the competence of those caring for them humanely and responsibly. That is why a comprehensive training program is vital to all employees in any laboratory animal care setting. Such programs help ensure employees are qualified for their jobs and are complying with federal regulatory policies.

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15 January, 2020

5 considerations for finding a model and running your diet induced obesity (DIO) study

By Travis Rothrock

Many diabetes and obesity research studies rely on diet induced obesity (DIO) models, but there are many options and considerations for maximizing the effectiveness of your study. Two Envigo scientists recently shared their insights on how to select and develop the optimal DIO model that meets your research needs.

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03 December, 2018

4 key animal research insights from AALAS 2018

By Jennifer Brooks

The 69th American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) National Meeting recently took place in Baltimore, Maryland.  A forum for those dedicated to the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals, delegates from the academic community, research institutions, government organizations and commercial companies came together to enjoy a series of scientific lectures, poster sessions and exhibits. Delegates also received the latest industry news and insights, including updates from regulatory agencies which we’ve summarized into key take home messages.

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