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.
Rousmaniere, Holly, Rachel Silverman, Rachel A. White, Mark M. Sasaki, et al. 2010. "Husbandry Of Monodelphis Domestica In The Study Of Mammalian Embryogenesis." Lab Animal 39(7): 219-226.
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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