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The Animal House


Łukasz CHUDOBA, Teresa JUST, Małgorzata KIELAK, Marta NOWAK, Roman SZULOWSKI, Wojciech WIŚNIEWSKI

The Animal House is divided into separate areas for breeding and experimental purposes.

The breeding house has been in operation since 2000 - independent building technically prepared for maintaining animals (air conditioning system, double-door autoclave, automatic washing machines for bottles, barrier system for personnel entrance). Breeding of experimental rats (inbred Long Evans Rat LE/CpbHsd and outbred Wistar Rat HsdBrlHan:WIST), The Gray Short-Tailed Opossums (Monodelphis domestica) and Cats is also performed at Animal House. Bigger part of our breeding colony are several different transgenic strains. The breeding pairs were obtained from following renowned breeding centres of the world: Harlan Netherlands B.V.; Harlan UK C; Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, Department of Genetics, San Antonio i Taconic USA.

Our animals undergo periodic pathological, parasitological, bacteriological and virusological control. Bacteriological and viral controls are done in co-operation with the Institute of Oncology , the Department of Veterinary Medicine of the Agriculture Academy, in Warsaw, IDEXX Laboratories and QM Diagnostics the Netherlands.

The Animal House provides animals for experiments (groups selected according to age, sex, weight, and phase of the cycle) at the laboratories of the Nencki Institute. It provides comprehensive animal care including following neurosurgical treatment. Rearing of cats used in experiments on plasticity of the nervous system is one of the specialities of the Animal House.

The approval of the First Ethical Commission in Warsaw, that supervises animal experiments at our Institute is required for all planned experiments.

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Published at: 2007-05-21 11:18

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