Moving forward: Recent developments for the ferret biomedical research model

Randy A. Albrecht, Wen Chun Liu, Andrea J. Sant, S. Mark Tompkins, Andrew Pekosz, Victoria Meliopoulos, Sean Cherry, Paul G. Thomas, Stacey Schultz-Cherry

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Abstract

Since the initial report in 1911, the domestic ferret has become an invaluable biomedical research model. While widely recognized for its utility in influenza virus research, ferrets are used for a variety of infectious and noninfectious disease models due to the anatomical, metabolic, and physiological features they share with humans and their susceptibility to many human pathogens. However, there are limitations to the model that must be overcome for maximal utility for the scientific community. Here, we describe important recent advances that will accelerate biomedical research with this animal model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere01113-18
JournalmBio
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

Keywords

  • Advances
  • Animal model
  • Ferret

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Virology

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    Albrecht, R. A., Liu, W. C., Sant, A. J., Tompkins, S. M., Pekosz, A., Meliopoulos, V., Cherry, S., Thomas, P. G., & Schultz-Cherry, S. (2018). Moving forward: Recent developments for the ferret biomedical research model. mBio, 9(4), [e01113-18]. https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.01113-18