Chapter 19. The Laboratory Opossum

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. John L. Vandeberg1 and
  2. Sarah Williams-Blangero2

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch19

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Vandeberg, J. L. and Williams-Blangero, S. (2010) The Laboratory Opossum, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch19

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Southwest National Primate Research Center and Department of Genetics, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, P.O. Box 760549, San Antonio, TX 78245-0549, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Genetics, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, P.O. Box 760549, San Antonio, TX 78245-0549, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • laboratory opossum - general biology of marsupials;
  • marsupials in laboratory - Didelphis virginiana, as laboratory animal in North America;
  • Marmosa robinsoni, small American opossum;
  • laboratory opossums - exported from the UK to Australia;
  • Monodelphis domestica - encompassing dry Chaco, Cerrado and Caatinga biomes6. Monodelphis domestica - interesting genetic and physiological characteristics;
  • Monodelphis domestica - promise for research on allografting and xenografting;
  • activation and inactivation of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors;
  • health monitoring and quarantine;
  • wild-caught animals - harbouring endoparasites, Capillaria, Trichuris, Cruzia, Strongylus and fluke-like and Hymenolepis-like species

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Sources of supply (conservation s tatus)

  • Uses in the laboratory

  • Laboratory management and breeding

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common welfare problems

  • References