There is an interesting video and 3D tour of the MRC Harwell animal research facility, near Oxford, England. This company conducts genetic research using nearly 50,000 mice to track and test genetic variants. The facility has partially automated one of the dirtiest jobs–cleaning mice cages.
Workers load used cages into the cleaning system. A caged robot empties the used cages of litter and puts them in a washing machine. Then the cages are loaded into an industrial-grade autoclave, which uses high-pressure steam for sterilization.
Other videos show safety procedures around cryogenic storage, the air shower used by staff before entering the clean areas of the lab, and the experimental wards where tens of thousands of mice are tested and monitored.
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