When disaster strikes: Rethinking caging materials

Kara E. Koehler, Robert C. Voigt, Sally Thomas, Bruce Lamb, Cheryl Urban, Terry Hassold, Patricia A. Hunt

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The value of research using lab animals hinges on the ability to carry out experiments in a tightly controlled environment. Diet, caging materials (e.g., cages and water bottles), and other environmental variables have the potential to create serious disruptions in animal studies. The authors describe the inadvertent damage of polycarbonate caging materials during the course of routine cagewashing, providing an instructive example and illustrating the importance of defined and controlled environmental conditions in biomedical research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
JournalLab Animal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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    Koehler, K. E., Voigt, R. C., Thomas, S., Lamb, B., Urban, C., Hassold, T., & Hunt, P. A. (2003). When disaster strikes: Rethinking caging materials. Lab Animal, 32(4), 24-27. https://doi.org/10.1038/laban0403-24