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Animal House

Mouse Facility

The IGB animal house laboratory is a conventional structure of more than 600 square meters located in Via Pietro Castellino, authorized by the Ministry of Health according to the Italian law on the animal experimentation (D.L. 116/92).

The structure can house about 6000 animals, in particular rodent species like mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits. It is organized in many functional areas including those for quarantine and animal maintenance, a laboratory for surgical operation, a room for post-surgical permanence, washing and technical areas, offices. An independent conditioned and ventilation air system allows maintaining constant temperature (22°C) and humidity (55%) with twenty air changes each hour. Automatic controlled lighting guarantees the day/night biological cycle, with light from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm and dark for the remaining time. The access to the locals is filtered and clean-passages and corridors to reach the operational rooms have been designed. The organization of the facility, together with the appropriate procedures practised by the working staff, guarantees a perfect health status of animals in agreement with Specific Pathogen Free conditions, ensuring  both the integrity of the barriers and health status.
The maintenance of the mouse facility unit is undertaken by a team of well-trained, highly professional and experienced personnel including: one technician for washing services, six animal husbandry technicians, two facility managers, one veterinarian healthcare consultant, one scientific Director.
The IGB animal house is open to the institutes of the Biotechnology Area NA1 such as the Institute of Genetics and Biophysics "Adriano Buzzati Traverso" (IGB, CNR), the Institute of Protein Biochemistry (IBP, CNR) and the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) but other scientific institutions as well as university investigators are allowed to access.

 

Contacts:

Adriano Barra
Phone: +39 0816132457
Email: adriano.barra@igb.cnr.it