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3R Blackboard: A platform for animal and organ sharing

Czubala, Magdalena A. ORCID:, Eilles, Eva, Staubi, Andreas, Ipseiz, Natacha ORCID:, Vogt, Michael, Zieglowski, Leonie, Ernst, Lisa, Tolba, René H., Taylor, Philip R. ORCID: and Weiskirchen, Ralf 2022. 3R Blackboard: A platform for animal and organ sharing. Laboratory Animals 56 (3) , pp. 292-296. 10.1177/00236772211067456

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Since the embedding of the principles of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) in national and international regulations on the use of animals, scientists have been challenged to find ways to reduce the number of animals in their research. Here, we present a digital platform, called ‘3R Backboard’, linked to a laboratory animal management system, which facilitates sharing of surplus biological materials from animals (e.g. tissues, organs and cells) to other research teams. Based on information provided, such as genotype, age and sex, other animal workers were able to indicate their interest in collecting specific tissues and to communicate with the person providing the animals. A short pilot study of this approach conducted in a limited academic environment presented strong evidence of its effectiveness and resulted in a notable reduction of the number of mice used. In addition, the use of 3R Blackboard led to resource saving, knowledge exchange and even establishment of new collaboration.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0023-6772
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 February 2022
Date of Acceptance: 29 November 2021
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 13:59

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