Abstract

Monodelphis domestica, commonly called the laboratory opossum, is a useful laboratory animal for studying marsupial embryogenesis and mammalian development. Females breed year-round and the animals can be sustainably bred indoors. The authors draw on their own laboratory's experience to supplement previously published research on laboratory opossums. They describe a breeding protocol that reliably produces timed-pregnant M. domestica. Additionally, the authors discuss general laboratory opossum husbandry techniques and describe how to collect, handle and culture embryos.

Publisher

Nature Publishing Group

Publication Date

7-1-2010

Publication Title

Lab Animal

Department

Biology

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1038/laban0710-219

Keywords

Short-tailed opossum, Stripe-faced dunnart, Sminthopsis macroura, Marsupialia, Gonadal sex-differentiation, Development in-vitro, Embryonic-development, Mouse genome, Maternal aggression, Gray, Placentation, Veterinary sciences

Document Version

post-print

Language

English

Format

text

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