Interspecies Differences

Knowledge Source Identification
Knowledge source name Interspecies Differences
Owner/Developer Utrecht University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Country Netherlands
Languages English
Contact email
Description The Interspecies Database helps researchers to make an optimal choice of species and strain of the animal model, which is essential for efficient extrapolation of animal data to humans or other animals. The database has initially been developed by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports. It is offered by the 3Rs-Centre ULS in collaboration with the RIVM. The Interspecies website provides a large dataset of reliable physiological, anatomical and biochemical parameters of different animal species and humans. The data can be compared online or locally by using an export file. By using the database, researchers can design animal experiments smarter in terms of choice of an animal model, which better approaches the human situation. This way, researchers can make a well-founded decision regarding the use of a specific laboratory animal.
Knowledge Source Category
Category Information System
Sub categories Database, Specialized website
Knowledge Dissemination and Sharing
Dissemination channel Website, Social media
Targeted audience (specified/objective analysis) Researchers
Users access Open access
Knowledge Characterization
3Rs relevance Replacement, Reduction, Refinement
Purpose Documentation and information
Technology/Tools Animal testing (in vivo)