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Assessing Burrowing, Nest Construction, and Hoarding in Mice
 

Assessing Burrowing, Nest Construction, and Hoarding in Mice

Article DOI: 10.3791/2607
January 5th, 2012

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Summary January 5th, 2012

Burrowing, nesting, and hoarding are species-typical activities that mice readily perform in the laboratory. This article describes how they can be easily and cheaply assessed. These protocols are extremely sensitive to mouse strain, brain lesions and diseases. Moreover they constitute “environmental enrichment” for the mice, and embody the “Refinement” aspect of the “3 Rs”18.

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