Laboratory Animal Management Assistant (LAMA): a LIMS for active research colonies
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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.
KeywordsMouse Coloni Laboratory Information Management System Spreadsheet Format Manual Entry Breeding Cage
We thank Tammy Philippo and Dora Pak for administrative support. This work was funded by Genome Canada, Genome British Columbia, GlaxoSmithKline R&D Ltd., BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, Child & Family Research Institute, UBC Institute of Mental Health, and UBC Office of the Vice President Research. WWW was supported as a New Investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and as a Scholar of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. EMS was supported by a Canada Research Chair. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Foundation for Innovation for both the Gene Regulation Bioinformatics Laboratory and the Mouse Laboratory of Functional Genomics.
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