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Brooks Air Force Base, TX

Protocol - 2003-01 - Evaluation of Laser Induced Corneal Lesions

 

Title:

Evaluation of Laser Induced Corneal Lesions in the Dutch belted Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and Skin Lesions in the Yucatan mini pig (Sus scrofa domestica)

 

Research Category:

N1: Physical Protection

 

FY: 2003 Funding (in dollars):

130,000

 

Responsible Organization:

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB/BROOKS

Primary Contact:

Public Affairs Office

City:

Brooks City-Base

State:

TX

Zip:

78235-5116

 

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Keywords:

LABORATORY ANIMALS SKIN LASER INJURY

 

Objective:

To determine new biophysics underlying human cornea and skin exposure from single laser pulses, between 1.0 millisecond (ms) to 50 femtoseconds (fs), produced in the 350 nanometers (nm) to 2000 nm wavelength region. The Dutch belted rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) cornea and Yucatan mini pig (Sus scrofa domestica) skin, will be used to assess damage mechanisms and thresholds from novel exposures with immediate military relevance.

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Rats, mice, birds, amphibians and other animals have been excluded from coverage by the Animal Welfare Act. Therefore research facility reports do not include these animals. As a result of this situation, a blank report, or one with few animals listed, does not mean that a facility has not performed experiments on non-reportable animals. A blank form does mean that the facility in question has not used covered animals (primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, pigs, sheep, goats, etc.). Rats and mice alone are believed to comprise over 90% of the animals used in experimentation. Therefore the majority of animals used at research facilities are not even counted.

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