Progress and prospect in research on laboratory tree shrew in China

Pei-Qing Shen, Hong Zheng, Liu Ru-Wen, Chen Li-Ling, Bo Li, Bao He, Li, Jin-Tao Li, Ben Kun-Long, Cao Xiao-Mei, Jiao Jian-Lin
We outline the historical research on the laboratory tree shrew in China and discuss its current research trends. Five key aspects of applied research are emphasized in this review, including quality control standards for laboratory tree shrews, the establishment of an inbred colony, commercial preparation of major molecular and cellular research tools, further research on tree shrew models for human diseases, and the establishment of the tree shrew seed institution at state level.