The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) recently co-sponsored a mouse meeting in Chile, at the CECs, in Valdivia, organized by Juan Manuel Baamonde (Manager of the CECs Animal Facility) and his colleagues. Juan M. Baamonde is also the creator and the soul behind a most interesting initiative worth knowing: the web portal BIOTERIOS.COM, an impressive web site containing plenty of information about many different aspects of laboratory animals, with texts, protocols, opinions, links to other sites and societies, meant to share information, to provide educational tools, resources and, in general, to trigger a discussion forum on the care and use of animals in research, and all the associated aspects that need to be taken into account, conforming what we usually know as Laboratory Animal Science.
One of the remarkable features of BIOTERIOS.COM is the language used, Spanish, uncommon for this type of initiatives in our field, mostly dominated by resources created in English, for obvious reasons. Therefore the BIOTERIOS.COM web portal is made in Spanish, a language that, according to most estimates, is the second most-spoken language in the world, after the Chinese (Mandarin), and close to English, the third most-used language. Some 400 million people use Spanish as their first language. This fact, along with all the rich and useful contents included, makes BIOTERIOS.COM a reference web site for Latin-American countries and Spain as a useful resource for Laboratory Animal Science in Spanish. Juan M. Baamonde, currently the General Editor of BIOTERIOS.COM, and a most recent member of the ISTT, must be praised for his pioneer idea and for his continuous efforts promoting contents and discussions in this web portal. More than 10% of ISTT Members commonly use or can understand Spanish (including our colleagues from Brazil and Portugal, whose mother language is Portughese). They all can benefit from this web portal, BIOTERIOS.COM, to follow the latest updates on Laboratory Animal Science.