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Genetic Monitoring

The genotype of genetically modified mouse lines is monitored by researchers to ensure genetic quality.

Genetic monitoring

Small pieces of tissue or small blood samples are collected by animal care staff. Researchers can choose to process and genotype these samples in their own laboratories or they can utilise our Mouse Genotyping Service.

All samples are barcoded on collection and can be tracked throughout process. Results can be automatically uploaded onto the animal management system, called Stuart.

Most genetically modified mouse lines are maintained on an inbred strain background to minimise genetic drift and variability in research.

To ensure that the inbred strains maintained at Australian BioResources are pure, mice are monitored using SNP markers.

Inbred colonies are refreshed from internationally recognised repositories such as The Jackson Laboratory where possible, to ensure the mice are of international quality.

The latest SNP results of all sale strains can be seen on the Screening Results page.