Recent Articles

May 27, 2015 9:49 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
Rodents, such as mice, rats and guinea pigs, are the most popular animal model used in the vivarium, according to a February 2015 ALN survey. Eighty-six percent of respondents indicated that they currently work with rodents. This number was more than double any of the other animal models used in the vivarium. Click here to view the rest of the results.
May 18, 2015 10:00 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
This week's Tales From the Lab is Andrew Cassar, a Lab Animal Technologist in the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry at the Animal Lab Facility at the University of Malta. He urges the members of the laboratory animal science industry to be proud of what they do.
May 15, 2015 9:45 am
Teresa Woodger
As spring finally approaches for many of us, 2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the ATA as we celebrate our 60th anniversary. The Allied Trade Association was founded in 1955 to represent the interests of commercial companies within the laboratory animal field and in 2015 we are an integral part of scientific and educational programs together with the commercial exhibitions that in itself is educational.
May 13, 2015 8:36 am
Christian Lawrence
The dramatic growth of the zebrafish model has created demand for a wide variety of goods and services to support aquatic research. However, there may be no more pervasive need than that of skilled people to manage and care for the animals.
May 5, 2015 2:02 pm
Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D.
You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you sense a strange kind of tension in the workplace. It’s nothing overt. It’s just that people seem to be quieter, a bit on edge. The atmosphere is heavy. You see a decreased level of teamwork and a generally lowered level of morale. The lab seems to lack the aura of lightness that was its natural state. You had better find out what’s going on.
May 5, 2015 11:52 am
Teresa Woodger
ATA member companies truly reflect the diversity of commercial organisations involved in the laboratory animal science and related sectors. As part of an occasional series we highlight two of our members; one a new company spearheading refinement and replacement in training and surgery, while the second is a well known legacy company with deep roots within our community.
May 5, 2015 11:33 am
Lisa J. Fulghum
Imagine yourself standing in a medical tent on September 17, 1862 not far from Sharpsburg, Maryland, as the bloody battle of Antietam rages on the other side of the bridge. With nearly 22,000 dead and many more wounded after just 12 hours of fighting, what is a good surgeon to do?
May 4, 2015 4:39 pm
Helen Kelly
These days using a LIMS seems to feature in every scientist's life, and for some small and medium-size labs, open source code is the way forward with a LIMS. In fact businesses have grown up around helping labs implement open source LIMS and learn to make modifications in house. A bridge too far for a nonprofessional? Greg Wilson believes that most scientists can easily learn enough to slip into coding when necessary.
May 4, 2015 4:18 pm
Helen Kelly
Today's LIMS allow research institutions to monitor and manage a broad array of biomedical research processes end to end and remotely. But how do they accommodate tens of thousands of animals, the ongoing flood of discoveries in such as genetics, the -omics, regenerative medicine and behavior, ongoing adjustments to workflows and protocols, and the evolution of legislative, welfare quality, and ethics directives?
May 4, 2015 3:26 pm
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
Laboratory animal scientists take great pride in what they do, and it shows, according to a February 2015 ALN survey. The questionnaire, on burnout in the vivarium, also asked about how people feel about the work they do in laboratory animal facilities. The results confirmed what we already suspected.
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