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Sampling Blood from the Lateral Tail Vein of the Rat

DOI :

10.3791/52766-v

7:11 min

May 18th, 2015

May 18th, 2015

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1McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Blood samples are useful for assessing biomarkers of physiological states or disease in vivo. Here we describe the methodology to sample blood from the lateral tail vein in the rat. This method provides rapid samples with minimal pain and invasiveness.

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