Mammalian Genome

, Volume 21, Issue 5–6, pp 224–230

Laboratory Animal Management Assistant (LAMA): a LIMS for active research colonies

  • Marko Milisavljevic
  • Taryn Hearty
  • Tony Y. T. Wong
  • Elodie Portales-Casamar
  • Elizabeth M. Simpson
  • Wyeth W. Wasserman
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00335-010-9258-6

Cite this article as:
Milisavljevic, M., Hearty, T., Wong, T.Y.T. et al. Mamm Genome (2010) 21: 224. doi:10.1007/s00335-010-9258-6

Abstract

Laboratory Animal Management Assistant (LAMA) is an internet-based system for tracking large laboratory mouse colonies. It has a user-friendly interface with powerful search capabilities that ease day-to-day tasks such as tracking breeding cages and weaning litters. LAMA was originally developed to manage hundreds of new mouse strains generated by a large functional genomics program, the Pleiades Promoter Project (http://www.pleiades.org). The software system has proven to be highly flexible, suitable for diverse management approaches to mouse colonies. It allows custom tagging and grouping of animals, simplifying project-specific handling and access to data. Finally, LAMA was developed in close collaboration with mouse technicians to ease the transition from paper- or Excel-based management systems to computerized tracking, allowing data export in a popular spreadsheet format and automatic printing of cage cards. LAMA is an open-access software tool, freely available to the research community at http://launchpad.net/mousedb.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marko Milisavljevic
    • 1
  • Taryn Hearty
    • 1
  • Tony Y. T. Wong
    • 1
  • Elodie Portales-Casamar
    • 1
  • Elizabeth M. Simpson
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Wyeth W. Wasserman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics at the Child & Family Research InstituteUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of Medical GeneticsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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