International Mammalian Genome Society

The 14th International Mouse Genome Conference (2000)

C3. The Mouse Genome Database (MGD)

Lori E. Corbani, Diane Dahmen, Janan T. Eppig and the MGD Staff.
The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

MGD is an integrated data resource for mouse genetic, genomic and biological information. MGD includes gene characterization and genomic structures, orthologous relationships between mouse genes and other mammalian species, maps (genetic, cytogenetic, physical), descriptions of mutant phenotypes, inbred strain characteristics and information about biological reagents such as clones and primers.

Data is integrated from electronic downloads, Chromosome Committees, submissions from individual researchers and the published literature. Collaborations with other databases, such as GenBank, SWISS-PROT, PubMed, OMIM, LocusLink, GDB, RATMAP and FlyBase, further enhance our unique resource. We encourage community participation via contributions of data and the development of consensus representations of the mouse.

The new Mouse Genome Informatics Web site,, provides one centralized site for accessing MGD and these other projects:

Gene Expression Database (GXD) Project - integrates different types of gene expression information from the laboratory mouse, and provides an electronic index of published experiments on endogenous gene expression during mouse development.

Mouse Genome Sequence (MGS) Project - integrates emerging mouse genomic sequence data with the genetic and biological data available in MGD and GXD. MGS supports the MouseBLAST server as a sequence-level entry point into MGD.

Gene Ontology Project - MGD is part of the Gene Ontology Consortium that also includes Flybase and SGD. The objective of the GO project is to provide controlled vocabularies for the description of the molecular function, biological process, and cellular component of gene products. These terms are to be used as attributes of gene products by collaborating databases, facilitating uniform queries across them.

MGD is supported by NIH grant HG00330.

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