Post-pandemic space and labor reallocations: Should institutions breed common strains?

September 26-27, 2022
Joseph Anthony Combs, PhD
Manager of Advisory Services Consulting

As research programs restart, it’s an opportune time to consider whether the labor and space costs of in-house breeding of common mouse strains are still justifiable, or if those increasingly critical resources can be more productively used for more mission-critical programs. Joseph Combs scopes out the full costs of maintaining or expanding institutional breeding colonies, and the pros and cons of alternative solutions that promise reduced waste, more ethical use of animals following the 3Rs principles of reduction and refinement, adherence to SOPs, and the minimizing of genetic drift and microbiome alterations. He quantifies the potential impacts of coupling outsourced breeding and colony management with just-in-time breeding in terms of costs, labor, and space utilization.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 8:05am-9:00am
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)