Publications:A biometric approach to laboratory rodent identification


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Title A biometric approach to laboratory rodent identification
Author J. Cameron and C. Jacobson and Kenneth Nilsson and Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson
Year 2007
PublicationType Journal Paper
Journal Lab animal
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Abstract Individual identification of laboratory rodents typically involves invasive methods, such as tattoos, ear clips, and implanted transponders. Beyond the ethical dilemmas they may present, these methods may cause pain or distress that confounds research results. The authors describe a prototype device for biometric identification of laboratory rodents that would allow researchers to identify rodents without the complications of other methods. The device, which uses the rodent's ear blood vessel pattern as the identifier, is fast, automatic, noninvasive, and painless.