ColonyTrak: a web tool and database system for managing experimental animal models
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Published: 5 August 2011
Genetically modified animal models are useful for understanding mechanisms of human disease and for development of new therapeutics. Maintaining animal colonies and performing genetic experiments requires careful record keeping. Many commercial or publicly available data management tools exist for animal recordkeeping, however they are rather complicated and may require technical expertise to install and maintain [1, 2]. Consequently, biologists often use spreadsheets or database tools that are tied to a single computer, which limits accessibility by multiple users at different locations. Here, we have developed a user-friendly tool called ColonyTrak, designed for the biologist, to enable data management from any remote computer using a web browser.
Materials and methods
Results and conclusions
We posit that ColonyTrak will enhance research productivity and the efficiency with which biologist manage experimental animal models. ColonyTrak is available for free at http://binf1.memphis.edu/ColonyTrak/.
This work was supported by the University of Memphis Bioinformatics Program and the Assisi Foundation of Memphis.
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