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Lab Anim. 2006 Apr;40(2):111-4.

Assessing the welfare of genetically altered mice.

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Department of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Imperial College, Faculty of Medicine, UK.


In 2003, under the auspices of the main UK funders of biological and biomedical research, a working group was established with a remit to review potential welfare issues for genetically altered (GA) mice, to summarize current practice, and to recommend contemporary best practice for welfare assessments. The working group has produced a report which makes practical recommendations for GA mouse welfare assessment and dissemination of welfare information between establishments using a 'mouse passport'. The report can be found at and and includes templates for the recommended welfare assessment scheme and the mouse passport. An overview is provided below.

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