Test Description: The FOB is a series of situations applied to the animal to determine gross sensory and motor deficits. A subset of tests from the Irwin neurological screen that evaluates gross neurological function is used. In general, short-duration, tactile, olfactory, and visual stimuli are applied to the animal to determine their ability to detect and respond normally. These simple tests take approximately 10 minutes and the mouse is returned to its home cage at the end of testing.
Temperature Assay: Mouse body temperature was determined by gently inserting a small probe into the rectum and recording the temperature with a digital read-out. This process takes less than 5 seconds.