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NARLabs launches National Laboratory Animal Center

2019/01/17 21:21:51

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) Taiwan's National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) launched a laboratory animal center in Taipei on Thursday with the aim of achieving the best conditions for experimental animal breeding.

With a focus on improving the breeding environment, the National Laboratory Animal Center (NLAC) will be kept at a constant temperature and humidity throughout the year, NARLabs said.

Built at cost of NT$2 billion (US$646.4 million), the center in National Biotechnology Research Park in Taipei's Nangang District is also equipped with a ventilation system that ensures a circulation of fresh air around the clock, NARLabs said.

"In here, animals come first," said NLAC researcher Genie Chin (秦咸靜).

According to NARLabs, the lab staff will be required to don sterile suits before entering the guinea pig and rabbit breeding area on the first floor.

On each floor, there is catwalk for use by maintenance staff to prevent contamination of the breeding areas, NARLabs said.

The primary purpose of the center is the breeding of small laboratory animals, including rats, mice, guinea pigs and rabbits, NARLabs said.

The center is also equipped to carry out small-scale experiments, surgery, biomedical imaging and embryo manipulation procedures, NARLabs said.

The facilities in the center can be used for studies pertaining to cancer, immunity, metabolism and neurodegeneration, NARLabs said.

Wang Chi-kuang (王繼廣), deputy director of NLAC, said the newly established center contains 6,500 cages for animal experiments and breeding.

With 830,000 fertilized eggs of rare mice, the center is also a repository, said Wang.

(By Liu Lee-jung and Chung Yu-chen)