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Temporary Suspension of International Shipping of Live Animals
 July 08, 2024
Effective immediately: Due to continued weather-related issues negatively impacting the safety, reliability, and cost of shipping, we are temporarily suspending international shipments of live animals.   Orders may still be placed but they will not be filled until after September 1, 2024. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Weather and high temperatures are also affecting domestic shipping so expect delays. The welfare of the animals is our top priority. 
Laboratory Animal Genetic Reporting (LAG-R) Guidelines Published
 July 07, 2024
The LAG-R framework (Laboratory Animal Genetic Reporting) is a set of guidelines to support more complete documentation of the genetic make-up of animals of all species that are used in research, with the aim of bolstering reproducibility, reliability, and overall scientific rigor. See Nature Communications (
RRRC at Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC24)
 February 20, 2024
Stop by Booth 626 in the Exhibitor Hall at the Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC24) in National Harbor/Washington DC Metro Area on March 6-10, 2024 to discuss how the RRRC can help facilitate your research.

GRCr8: A new rat reference assembly is now available.
 February 05, 2024
GRCr8 (GenBank NCBI # GCA_036323735.1) is the latest version of the rat reference genome assembly. See the Genome Reference Consortium (GRC) blog for more details.
Happy World Rat Day!
 April 04, 2023
April 4, 2023 is World Rat Day!  The RRRC would like to acknowledge the important contributions to science and medicine made possible by the use of rats in biomedical research.
The RRRC genotypes all lines upon arrival.  When provided, genotyping protocols supplied by donating investigators are validated and optimized.  When no genotyping protocol exists, the RRRC develops new gene-specific assays using a variety of techniques including standard PCR, RFLP analysis, High-Resolution Melt (HRM), RT-PCR, qPCR and Taqman (probe-based) methods.

For lines involving unique or uncharacterized genetic backgrounds and/or lines developed for QTL analysis which do not involve discrete genetic mutations, protocols involving genome-wide microsatellite analysis are developed.  

Genotyping protocols for individual rat models are available under "genetic description" in the strain profile.

RRRC genotyping protocols have been optimized for the reagents and conditions described in the protocols. To genotype animals, the RRRC recommends researchers validate the assays independently upon receipt of animals into their facility. Reaction cycling temperatures and times may require additional optimization based on the specific genotyping reagents and instrumentation used.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance- our genotyping experts are alway available for consultation and can help you trouble-shoot your genotyping assays.