Changes in brain function may be produced by metabolic disease, neural injury, epigenetic causes, antibiotic history or exposure to toxins or treatments. Persistence and scientific rigor are a pre-requisite in this field where relevant patterns must be discerned from small signals. Metabolic assays such as respirometry and ethographic profiling of behavior are key methods when a high-definition, in-vivo record is required to evaluate efficacy in pharmaceutical safety, neurological or physiological investigations.
- Behavioral systems including food choice
- High-throughput capacity, up to 128 animals.
- Second by second quantification of activity
- Automated monitoring of food and water uptake amounts and event frequency
- Differentiate between food uptake and food stashing
- Differentiate between large ingested meals from micro meals
- Interchangeable instrumentation between mouse and rat cages
- Compatibility with leading video analysis systems
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