Automated Home-Cage Behavioural Phenotyping of Mice
Author(s)Jhuang, Huei-Han; Garrote, Estibaliz; Yu, Xinlin; Khilnani, Vinita; Poggio, Tomaso A.; Steele, Andrew D.; Serre, Thomas R.; ... Show more Show less
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Neurobehavioral analysis of mouse phenotypes requires the monitoring of mouse behavior over long periods of time. Here, we describe a trainable computer vision system enabling the automated analysis of complex mouse behaviors. We provide software and an extensive manually annotated video database used for training and testing the system. Our system performs on par with human scoring, as measured from ground-truth manual annotations of thousands of clips of freely behaving mice. As a validation of the system, we characterized the home-cage behaviors of two standard inbred and two non-standard mouse strains. From this data we were able to predict in a blind test the strain identity of individual animals with high accuracy. Our video-based software will complement existing sensor based automated approaches and enable an adaptable, comprehensive, high-throughput, fine-grained, automated analysis of mouse behavior.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
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Jhuang, Hueihan et al. “Automated Home-cage Behavioural Phenotyping of Mice.” Nat Commun 1 (2010) : 68.
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