Ingestive behavior sustains life, but in some forms can lead to serious morbidities such as obesity, diabetes and chronic inflammation. The interplay of an individual’s genotype, behavioral and metabolic phenotype, physical and social environment, and its gastrointestinal microbiome are important influencers of ingestive behavior.
Understanding the influences that initiate ingestion and signal satiety in the intact, functioning experimental animal frequently requires synchronized data with high temporal resolution as the accumulated effect of micro-events can be significant.
- Food and water intake with automated access control; paired or yoked feeding capacity
- Activity monitoring in a home cage environment
- Stress free body mass measurement in a home cage environment
- Meal pattern analysis
- Micro-event data acquisition for high-resolution analysis of ingestion and other behaviors
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