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Of Mice and Genomes

Joan Stephenson, PhD
JAMA. 1999;282(19):1805. doi:10.1001/jama.282.19.1805.
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As scientists race to complete sequencing the human genome, researchers are pondering the next step: figuring out how all the pieces of the genetic puzzle work together. To help researchers make sense of this massive amount of information, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched a new research program to sequence the genome of the mouse, a staple of laboratory research.

Laboratories will be churning out a rough draft of the genome of the C57BL/6J mouse, a strain widely used in biomedical research. Being able to compare the human genome with the genomes of the mouse and other widely studied animal species is expected to offer insights into human genes and human biology. (Photo credit: The Jackson Laboratory)

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Laboratories will be churning out a rough draft of the genome of the C57BL/6J mouse, a strain widely used in biomedical research. Being able to compare the human genome with the genomes of the mouse and other widely studied animal species is expected to offer insights into human genes and human biology. (Photo credit: The Jackson Laboratory)

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