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Rabbit in Immunology and Infectious Disease Research

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A rabbit

The rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is widely used as a model for human disease because of its size, physiological attributes, and similar disease characteristics.
(Photo by Robyn Shaw,Spring Valley Laboratories, Inc.,courtesy of Rose Mage, NIAID)

On May 24, 2005, a one-day workshop on the "Use of the Rabbit to Model Infectious Diseases of Humans" was organized by NIAID and the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and represented the infectious disease segment of the rabbit community.

One of the purposes of the workshop was to present established rabbit models of infectious diseases. Another was to discuss the practical considerations associated with working with rabbits and rabbit cells and tissues.

This website section responds to the identified need to have a centralized web-based resource for all who use rabbits in research. The goal is to post successfully used reagents, protocols, primer sequences and other information useful to researchers using the rabbit as an animal model of human diseases.

This site and related links are works in progress. Your input is invited and needed.

If you would like to submit content for the site, or if you would like to share current research information, please join the NIAID Rabbit Immunology ListServ.

Last Updated November 11, 2008