Laboratory Animal Facility


The Mouse House offers high standard services that include:

  • Animal colony maintenance
  • Training for scientists, caretakers and trainees
  • Assistance in experimental design and techniques
  • Embryo- and Sperm-Cryopreservation and rederivation
  • IVF (in-vitro fertilization)
  • Sterile embryo transfer
  • Germfree hysterectomy
  • Tissue biopsies, blood and organ collection
  • Import/ export of animals

For mouse strain management and coordination of the services offered, a software program (TierBase) developed by Peter Nielsen (MPI-IE), has become indispensable. TierBase provides users with 24-hour access to their data, facilitates communication between animal care staff and researchers, and provides an ideal tool for the mandatory documentation. In the past years, the system has been developed further and with its animal welfare tool allows users and the animal welfare officer to monitor procedures and animals that have been licensed by the local authority.

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