Research models and services blog posts

20 April, 2017

Sprague Dawley®: The workhorse of reproductive endocrinology research - part 1

By Travis Rothrock

The history of advancing basic research
Infertility has profound psychological and social effects on millions of people. Despite considerable research, there remain many unanswered questions as to the potential causes of infertility or impaired fecundity. What if the humble rat could help unlock the puzzle of infertility? The Sprague Dawley® rat is no ordinary model. These rats have proven to be extremely helpful in reproductive endocrinology research.

The first Sprague Dawley® rat colony began in 1925, when Robert Dawley developed a vigorous rat with a good temperament and high rates of lactation. These rats were eventually used to study contraceptives. In 1980, the original colony was acquired by Harlan (now Envigo). These albino rats are now used widely in medical and psychological research.

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19 April, 2017

How to select the right oncology model

By Travis Rothrock

Key considerations for selecting the most appropriate oncology model
Today’s breakthrough oncology treatments are the result of years of research and testing. Animal models represent an essential part of this ongoing effort to improve human health and better understand a treatment’s potential in humans. That’s why the specific model selected for testing can mean the difference between success and failure in a study.

Here we discuss the factors to consider when selecting the right animal model for your oncology research

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