Semi-rigid isolators can be used in a variety of biomedical research applications. They are most commonly used to maintain laboratory animals either in a prescribed microbiological status (bioexclusion) or for biocontainment purposes. They provide a secure environment for housing immunocompromised animals as well as foundation colonies of transgenic and knockout animals.
Charles River offers standard 3’, 6’ and 8’ semi-rigid isolators. In addition to these standard models, we can create custom size isolators designed specifically for your facility.
Unlike other housing systems, animals are not exposed to an uncontrolled environment unless they are purposefully removed from the isolator. Animals with different health qualities can be housed in adjacent isolators with no risk of cross contamination. The operation of isolators requires minimal training, but does not require specialized clothing or equipment. Isolators are very portable and can be placed in any conditioned space. The type of space required does not need to be very sophisticated, unlike traditional animal facility or laboratory space.
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