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The animal house provides basic services for the breeding of animals from wild or genetically modified animals. The animals are kept in EOPS protected areas (free of specific pathogenic organisms). Most mouse strains are kept in individual ventilated cages and handled under sterile conditions. The dedicated staff provides qualified technical assistance for genotyping and injection of ES cells.

IPC SITE

The animal house covers an area of 300m2 divided into 5 rooms: two A2 accommodation areas with a capacity of 1500 cages, an experimentation area with a capacity of 600 cages, a transgenesis area and a laboratory equipped with a bioluminescence and intra-vital fluorescence system (Photon Imager, BioSpace Lab) with respective accommodation capacities of 200 cages. The experimental area is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for recording hematological parameters. In vivo imaging services are available through the TrGET platform.
The CRCM animal facility is part of a network of animal facilities shared by two Federal Research Institutes: Cancer and Immunology and the Institut de Biologie de Développement de Marseille.

LUMINY SITE

The PSEA (Platform for Stabling and Animal Experimentation) animal house at the Luminy site covers 250 m2. The surface is divided into 4 A1+ housing/experimentation areas (including one specifically used for aseptic hysterectomy rederivation) and one A2 housing/experimentation area. These areas can currently contain 700 and 244 cages respectively, with the ability to increase A1+ areas from 700 to 1200 cages. The surface also includes an autoclaved equipment storage area for A1+ zones and an autoclaved equipment storage area for A2 zone, a circulation area, as well as a 30m2 experimental laboratory equipped in accordance with the technical needs of users (including a bioluminescence and intra-vital fluorescence system with BioSpaceLab Photon Imager). This animal house is governed by strict internal regulations where the main animal housing and testing procedures are predefined. It is managed by a technical manager/personnel manager and a scientific/technical advisor. In coordination with current regulations, a pharmacy manager and a “well-being” committee are also involved in the daily operations.
The PSEA animal facility at the Luminy site is also part of a network of animal facilities shared by two Federal Research Institutes: Cancer and Immunology and the Institut de Biologie de Développement de Marseille.