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Kollmus, H.* ; Post, R.* ; Brielmeier, M. ; Fernández, J.* ; Fuchs, H. ; McKerlie, C.* ; Montoliu, L.* ; Otaegui, P.J.* ; Rebelo, M.* ; Riedesel, H.* ; Ruberte, J.* ; Sedlacek, R.* ; Hrabě de Angelis, M. ; Schughart, K.*

Structural and functional concepts in current mouse phenotyping and archiving facilities.

J. Amer. Assoc. Lab. Anim. Sci. 51, 418-435 (2012)
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Collecting and analyzing available information on the building plans, concepts, and workflow from existing animal facilities is an essential prerequisite for most centers that are planning and designing the construction of a new animal experimental research unit. Here, we have collected and analyzed such information in the context of the European project Infrafrontier, which aims to develop a common European infrastructure for high-throughput systemic phenotyping, archiving, and dissemination of mouse models. A team of experts visited 9 research facilities and 3 commercial breeders in Europe, Canada, the United States, and Singapore. During the visits, detailed data of each facility were collected and subsequently represented in standardized floor plans and descriptive tables. These data showed that because the local needs of scientists and their projects, property issues, and national and regional laws require very specific solutions, a common strategy for the construction of such facilities does not exist. However, several basic concepts were apparent that can be described by standardized floor plans showing the principle functional units and their interconnection. Here, we provide detailed information of how individual facilities addressed their specific needs by using different concepts of connecting the principle units. Our analysis likely will be valuable to research centers that are planning to design new mouse phenotyping and archiving facilities.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords phenotyping; mouse facilities
ISSN (print) / ISBN 1060-0558
e-ISSN 1559-6109
Quellenangaben Volume: 51, Issue: 4, Pages: 418-435 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
Reviewing status Peer reviewed