The nature of different animal models studied at the IGBMC implies separate animal houses according to needs and necessities of accommodated species (Drosophila and Caenorhabditis elegans are hosted in dedicated areas and managed by researchers):
IGBMC mice, rats and rabbits house.
IGBMC and Mouse clinical institute (MCI) animal houses have a common agreement and a close functioning. These two structures have a capacity of around 75 000 mice, 70 rabbits and 30 rats. About 30 research groups and technical platforms call upon their services. Animal care, technical assistance to researchers and sanitary supervising are our main activities. Lines generation, cryopreservation and importation/exportation of mice are other important services that we provide.
The zebrafish model, used since the institute opening, is essentially used to study early embryo development. There are 400 aquarium for a population of 6,000 full-grown fishes. The annual production is about 70,000 eggs.