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The Experimental Design Assistant

Addressing the common problems that researchers encounter when designing and analyzing animal experiments will improve the reliability of in vivo research. In this article, the authors introduce the Experimental Design Assistant (EDA), which was launched to support the scientific community with these processes. The EDA is a web-based tool that guides the in vivo researcher through the experimental design and analysis process, providing automated feedback on the proposed design and generating a graphical summary that aids communication with colleagues, funders, regulatory authorities, and the wider scientific community. It will have an important role in addressing causes of irreproducibility. Future development of the system will continue to incorporate user feedback to ensure that the EDA continues to support the needs of the research community. Together with comprehensive reporting and a better understanding of the factors that impact on the reliability and integrity of research findings, the EDA forms part of the solution identified by NC3Rs and others to improve the quality of animal research.

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