Rabbits have been demonstrated to be a better animal model for certain diseases such as non-lethal human and equine West Nile Virus (WNV) infections than mouse or hamster models (Suen et al. 2015). A review (Peng et al. 2015) on rabbit as model for a range of human infectious diseases covers AIDS, adult T-cell leukemia–lymphoma, tuberculosis and syphilis.
Rabbits are also used as an animal model for studies on cancer, including ocular cancers (Cao et al. 2015), liver carcinomas (Parvinian et al. 2014), and pleural cancers (Kreuter et al. 2008). Finally, several systemic diseases (e.g. hypertension and atherosclerosis) are well served by rabbit research models.
The Bio-Rad rabbit research range offers antibodies to CD markers, cytokines, immunoglobulins, and recombinant rabbit cytokine proteins to enable researchers to measure immune responses in rabbits.
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