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Other Laboratory Animals Cancer Models

Although the bulk of research on cancer that employs animal models is based on mice and rats, there are other animal systems that offer contributions to our understanding of cancer mechanisms.

For some animals there are historical reasons that they were selected for certain studies, and a foundation of knowledge developed around this model system enables further explorations. Sometimes an animal model has physical characteristics or susceptibilities that make them suited for particular inquiries.  Hamsters would fall into this category.

New models may arise that offer insights and strategies that were previously unavailable to researchers, making entirely new arenas amenable to exploration.  Although zebrafish had been widely used as a model for developmental biology for many years, recently an explosion of interest in utilizing them as a model for cancer studies has energized the field.

To see examples of these types of laboratory animal models and how they are used to generate model systems to gain knowledge of cancer biology, explore the navigation options on the left.