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eMICE: electronic Models Information, Communication, and Education

The National Cancer Institute supports the broad use of animal models in many aspects of cancer research. The NCI designed the eMICE site to offer electronic Models Information, Communication, and Education about the wide variety of animal cancer models. This site introduces aspects of the history of animal research, animal husbandry, techniques for breeding and characterizing animal models, standards for animal use, and sources of animal models. The section on Research Uses describes what scientists and physicians are learning from animal models in the conduct of cancer research.

The NCI maintains the eMICE site to serve a wide range of interests: The general public who seeks information on this topic; students and scholars who are engaged in animal research; and medical professionals who want to understand more about research to develop and employ animal systems. Through the programs that the NCI supports, many research communities benefit from what they can learn about cancer from appropriate and judicious use of animal models.


Mouse Cancer Models Mouse Cancer Models
For more than a century, researchers have learned much about the origins and biology of human cancers from the use of mice as experimental models.
Rat Cancer Models Rat Cancer Models
Rats, another rodent species like mice, are widely used as experimental models; they differ significantly from mice as cancer models.
Other Laboratory Animal Cancer Models Other Laboratory Animal Cancer Models
Additional species of animals are also used as laboratory models. They offer distinct information about human cancer and complementary approaches to mice and rats to study cancer initiation and its progression to malignant tumors.
Hamster | Rabbit | Fish
Cancers in Other Animals Cancers in Other Animals
Many animals, such as companion animals and livestock, develop cancers spontaneously. From their diagnosis and care by veterinary medical professionals, researchers gain important insights about human cancers and their treatment.
Dog | Cat | Horse | Pig | Goat

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