Home improvement: C57BL/6J mice given more naturalistic nesting materials build better nests.

@article{Hess2008HomeIC,
  title={Home improvement: C57BL/6J mice given more naturalistic nesting materials build better nests.},
  author={Sarah E Hess and Stephanie Rohr and Brett D. Dufour and Brianna N. Gaskill and Edmond Anthony Pajor and Joseph Paul Garner},
  journal={Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science : JAALAS},
  year={2008},
  volume={47 6},
  pages={25-31}
}
Environmental enrichment of laboratory mice can improve the quality of research, but debate arises over the means of enrichment and its ability to be used in a sterile environment. One important form of enrichment is nesting material. Mice in the wild build dome-shaped, complex, multilayered nests, but this behavior is not seen in the laboratory, perhaps due to inappropriate nesting material rather than the nest-building ability of the mice. Here we focus on the use of naturalistic nesting… CONTINUE READING

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