International Mammalian Genome Society

17th International Mouse Genome Conference

9-12 November 2003, Braunschweig, Germany


Steinkamp R
GSF National Research Centre for Environment and Health, Neuherberg

Co-Authors: Schneltzer E, Tiedemann H, Soewarto D, Pargent W, Schäble K F, Lengger C, Wagner S, Hrabe de Angelis M
Institutions: GSF National Research Centre for Environment and Health, Neuherberg

A new sample tracking system was developed for sample and workflow management in an ENU mouse mutagenesis screen.

As a component of the overall MouseNet system STS links the functionality of AMS (animal management system) and RDS (result documentation system). Based on extensive filtering and querying methods, STS supports the managers of our animal facility to recompile data from the AMS into worklists for our primary screening schedules. Additionally special work order requests defined by the screeners within the RDS are taken into account. STS is complemented by functions for the maintenance of our archive of cryopreserved sperm and tissue samples.

At any stage in the workflow, lists can be printed, exported from the system as csv file or sended by email. As long as a list is not in the archived status, it can be processed in different ways. For example additional animals can be loaded from a catalogue or parameter requests for the screening can be updated.

The worklists are used by technicians for blood sample taking, and screeners to perform the laboratory analysis of samples.

Matching worklist entries with the result data reflux allows for overall sample tracking including detection of execution delays and checking for consistency of work requests vs. data upload.


Technical Specification: MouseNet is running on a HP-Unix server cluster with an industry standard relational database management system (Sybase ASE 12.5) as data store. Clients are implemented as JAVA applets and applications.

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