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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.
RRRC Distribution Fees

RRRC distribution fees are intended to defray the costs associated with specialized rat breeding, genetic quality control, animal health monitoring, cryopreservation, customer service, technical information and support, and maintaining updated scientific information on all genetically-altered rats within the RRRC program.

Distribution fees are in U.S. dollars and are exclusive of shipping and container charges and additional charges for any special handling or services. There is a process fee of $300 for all international orders.

Fees (effective January 5, 2024)

Material Non-Profit/Academic Fee For-Profit Fee Notes
Live Rats $325 $700 per animal 
Embryonic Stem (ES) cells $1,445 $2,125 per vial
Embryos $3,060 $4,500 20-30 embryos
Sperm $850 $1,250 per straw
Cryo-Resuscitation via embryos
$4,034 $5,933  per litter
Cryo-Resuscitation via sperm
$9,563 $14,063 per litter
Cryo-Resuscitation requiring an additional round of breeding
$10,420 $15,323 per litter
Genomic DNA
$34 $50 per ug

The RRRC also offers an array of services on a fee-for-service basis. Descriptions of these services are found under "Services". If you need a service that is not listed, please contact us to discuss your needs.  

RRRC Service Fees
Services Offered Non-Profit/
Academic Fees
For Profit Fees
Sperm cryopreservation $425 $625
Embryo cryopreservation Contact for Quote
Sperm /embryo storage (cane per year) $306 $438
Resuscitation via  cryopreserved embryos Contact for Quote
Resuscitation via cryopreserved sperm by intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
Resuscitation via cryopreserved sperm by ICSI with round of breeding
Rederivation to pathogen-free status  via embryo transfer Contact for Quote
Cryopreservation of extra embryos $145 $214
Genotyping* (per sample)

Price for a standard single gene PCR assay. Contact for pricing for other types of assays.  

$20 $30
Genotyping assay development $250 $500
Genotyping assay validation $119 $175
Microsatellite analysis (for speed congenics) Contact for Quote
Giemsa staining Contact for Quote
Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) Contact for Quote
Spectral Karyotyping (SKY) Contact for Quote
Live rat and tissues
Timed pregnant females $1,729 $3,903
Tissue/Organ sample collection
Additional tissues/organ from same animal
$50 each
$75 each
Breeding and colony maintenance Contact for Quote
Consultation/Research Collaborations
For specialized needs related but not limited to colony management, husbandry, reproductive biology, gamete and embryo cryopreservation, genetics, and model characterization, including phenotyping, histopathology and behavioral testing. Contact to Discuss
Microbiota Characterization Contact for Quote