Group size planning for breedings of gene-modified mice and other organisms following Mendelian inheritance

Vladislava Milchevskaya, Philippe Bugnon, Emiel B.J. ten Buren, Dominique Vanhecke, Frank Brand, Achim Tresch, Thorsten Buch

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Abstract

Colony management of gene-modified animals is time-consuming, costly and affected by random events related to Mendelian genetics, fertility and litter size. Careful planning is mandatory to ensure successful outcomes using the least number of animals, hence adhering to the 3R principles of animal welfare. Here we have developed an R package, accessible also through an interactive public website, that optimizes breeding design by providing information about the optimal number of breedings needed to obtain defined breeding outcomes, taking into account specific species, strain, or line properties and success probability. Our software also enables breeding planning for balanced male-to-female ratio or single-sex experiments. We show that, for single-sex designs, the necessary number of breedings is at least doubled compared to the use of all born animals. While the presented tool provides preset parameters for the laboratory mouse, it can be readily used for any other species.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
Seiten (von - bis)183-188
Seitenumfang6
FachzeitschriftLab Animal
Jahrgang52
Ausgabenummer8
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Aug. 2023
Extern publiziertJa

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