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Microbiota Characterization Now Offered
 July 07, 2014
The RRRC now offers a full line of NGS-related services including fecal DNA extraction, 16S rRNA gene sequencing, and informatics analysis to researchers using rat models.  For more information, please see here or contact
Need a New Rat Model?
 March 21, 2017
Need a new rat model?  The RRRC in conjunction with the MU Animal Modeling Core (AMC) can assist with the generation of transgenic rats, create knock-out and knock-in rats using CRISPR/Cas9 technology and genetically manipulate rat embryonic stem cells to make chimeric animals.  Contact us to discuss your rat model needs and how we can help.
RRRC at American Society of Human Genetics
 October 16, 2017
Stop by Booth 949 (Research Resources in Metagenomics and Animal Models) in the Exhibitor Hall at ASHG 2017 in Orlando, FL on Oct 18-20 to discuss how we can help facilitate your research.  
Animal Characterization at Discovery Ridge
 November 06, 2017
Discover what our team is doing related to metagenomics and the animal resource centers at MU including the RRRC, the MU MMRRC, the NSRRC and the MU Animal Modeling Core and the MU Metagenomics Center.
Rat Genome and Model Resources
 November 10, 2017
Review of available rat resources.  Shimoyama, M, Smith, JR, Bryda, E, Kuramoto, T, Saba, L, Dwinell, M. (2017) Rat Genome and Model Resources. ILAR J 58 (1):42-58.
Shipping Policy
Shipping Policy

The shipping company (courier) is selected by the receiving institution.  Upon transfer from the RRRC, animals become the responsibility of the shipper and any issues that arise during the shipping process are between the receiving institution and their chosen courier.  Should shipping delays occur, it is the responsibility of the receiving institution to work with the courier to ensure successful shipment.  The RRRC cannot be held responsible for loss of animals or health problems that occur once custody of the animals is assumed by the shipper.

If delays occur in shipping, the RRRC can work with the client and shipper to assist in determining an optimal solution.  This may include, but is not limited to, having the shipper identify a local source to maintain animals in a temperature controlled environment, checking animal health and supplementing food and water.  In cases where extended delay is inevitable, euthanasia may be required.  In these situations, the RRRC will determine accessibility of replacement animals, but additional costs to the client (or shipper) will be incurred.  Return of animals to the RRRC is not a viable option.