Environmental and housing conditions experienced by laboratory animals exert profound effects on their biology, physiology, and behavior. These parameters are important and often overlooked sources of potential variation in experiments. To that end, Christian Lawrence and colleagues provide a summary of the environmental conditions in zebrafish (Danio rerio) aquaculture facilities at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). The authors include data on the physico-chemical, health, and nutrition of zebrafish. This information will be applicable to any study involving zebrafish conducted in the BCH facilities during the year of 2017.
The information provided by Lawrence et al. is a great collection of environmental factors which could potentially affect the outcome of an experimental study and should therefore be reported in peer-reviewed publications in order to promote scientific reproducibility.