An interesting new article produced by Nature Research Custom Media and Tecniplast, entitled “Automated mouse cages help reveal subtle disease signs,” examines how data on animal activity collected by automated home cages offers new insights into neurological and neurodegenerative disease.
The article highlights how DVC® is starting to reach its potential and that researchers are able to monitor a variety of complex behaviours, yielding new insights and that DVC® is opening new doors to scientific discoveries.
Some of the first DVC® users have monitored individual mice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for months on end. The DVC® system enables researchers to detect activity patterns that can’t be detected by removing animals from their cages to observe them.
The interviewed researchers, have witness how long term monitoring in the DVC® System has also reduced the animal’s stress from being handled and taken out of their safe environment of the home cage. Researchers point out how animal stress can lead to experimental problems and irreproducible results, that make it difficult to spot subtle physiological or behavioural effects.
If you want to know more about the revolutionary DVC® system, do not hesitate to contact your Tecniplast representative.