Mouse Genomes Aid Human Disease Studies
September 15, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) — Sequencing the genomes of 17 common strains of laboratory mice will help identify genes responsible for diseases in both mice and humans, U.S. researchers say.
By enabling scientists to understand the DNA differences between the 17 strains of mice, the premier genetic model for studying human diseases, the new genome sequences will improve the identification of mutations and genes that contribute to disease, a release from the National Science Foundation said Thursday.
The 17 strains of mice sequenced are the most common strains used in lab studies of human diseases.
The genome study, conducted by an international team of researchers and partially funded by the National Science Foundation, was published in Nature.