Automating Mouse Behavioral Measures

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Mouse experiments are integral to drug discovery and development, but mouse experiments are hampered by three key factors:

1. Human handling of mice generates stress and fear responses, which can cloud results
2. Mice are generally nocturnal, but most data is collected during the day by humans, which can taint the data collected
3. Continuous data collection requires animals to be singly housed, which is expensive and increases animal stress

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a general platform that automates data collection, treatments, and the movement of mice between cages without human interference. It integrates data collection with the home cage, allowing for continuous data collection and individual-level data from group-housed animals.

-Improves quality of animal data by minimizing human interference
-Allows for automatic data collection
-Integrates data collection with home cage environment
-Gathers individual data from group-housed animals

Potential Applications:
-Drug discovery and development
Dec 7, 2011
Utility Patent
United States
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European Patent

Jun 8, 2009
United States
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