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Unintended Variables During Research

How do you account for external and unintended variables that are affecting your research?

According to studies, chronic and/or loud noises may induce impaired behavior, cognition, and immune function in mice. Mice holding rooms are a constant source of noise emitted by animal technicians and caretakers, the equipment, and the mice themselves. Studies suggest that certain environmental conditions and routine procedures in the animal facility might induce stress responses, and when the animal is unable to maintain its homeostasis in the presence of a particular stressor, the animal’s wellbeing is threatened.

The Rack Environmental Monitoring (REM DVC®) detects the presence of external variables affecting your studies. It collects and records the data on the variables 24/7, and then analyzes it and correlates it automatically.

Discover how this new technology supports your research

  • A small external device place on each rack detects environmental changes such as room temperature, noise, vibration, light, humidity, and human presence.
  • The device communicates the changes to the DVC® system, where data is captured and recorded 24/7.
  • DVC® detects the holding room environmental changes; then, it compares and correlates the data to animal activity, automatically.

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DVC® Installed base: More than 25,000 digital cages at more than 50 customers worldwide. For more references directly from DVC® customers, visit 2019 Digital Vivarium Forum

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