Other Animals at a Glance

Each animal needed for research provides a model for a unique aspect of a study.  For example, fruit flies share 75% of the genes that cause disease in humans and contribute to studies of human genetics. The anatomy and physiology of rabbits are similar to that of humans.  Rabbits have contributed to the understanding and treatment of many diseases in both people and animals. They are also important for evaluating the safety and efficacy of new medications.

Did you Know?

Surgical lasers were developed using rabbits.

The diet of an adult rabbit consists of fresh hay, water, and fresh vegetables.

Fruit flies have been and integral part in studying genetics for over 100 years.

Rabbits are used to produce antibodies, used for research into infectious diseases and immunology.

The rabbit was the first animal model of cancer caused by a virus.

Rabbits are used as models for cystic fibrosis and cholera.

Fruit flies have a short, simple reproduction cycle. It is normally about 8-14 days, depending on the environmental temperature. This means that several generations can be observed in a matter of months.

About 75% of human disease-causing genes are found in the fruit fly in a similar form.

Rabbits are important in the study of cardiovascular disease, particularly hypertension and atherosclerosis.

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