International Mammalian Genome Society

logo18th International Mouse Genome Conference

17-22 October 2004, Seattle, USA


Zeretzke SZ 1, Hrabé de Angelis MHdA 1, Tocchini-Valentini GTV 2, Herault YH 3, Brown SB 4, Ährlund-Richter LAR 5, Mallo MM 6, Thornton JT 7

1 GSF, Research Center for Environment and Health, Institute of Experimental Genetics, Munich, Germany, 2 CNR, Istituto di Biologia Cellulare, Monterotondo, Italy, 3 CNRS, Centre de Distribution, de Typage et d´Archivage animale, Orleans, France, 4 MRC, Mammalian Genetic Unit, Harwell, United Kingdom, 5 Karolinska Institutet, Unit for Embryology and Genetics, Stockholm, Sweden, 6 FCG, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras, Portugal, 7 EMBL/EBI European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, United Kingdom

The EMMA (European Mouse Mutant Archive) was established as part of a worldwide network of repositories for retaining all generated mutant strains essential for biomedical and medical research. Among cryopreservation of mouse mutant lines in form of embryos or sperm, the distribution of these lines to qualified investigators is the main focus. EMMA maintained lines are supplied as a service to the research community at large and solely for research purposes.

EMMA strains are available to academic institutions from all around the world. Applications for depositing and requesting mutant strains can be submitted through the EMMA website

In order to make the transfer of biological information more effective, appropriate databases will be further developed in the framework of the EMMA and in collaboration with existing databases. An essential role of the EMMA project is to foster the virtual coupling of the EMMA stock centers and related information systems through the establishment and maintenance of a dedicated resource database (EMMA-RDB). This is implemented as a fully integrated web-based database and serves as an interface to the scientific community.

EMMA actively co-operates with "The Jackson Laboratory", USA and other primary repository resources worldwide and is supported by primary public research Institutions of the participating Countries and by the European Commission.

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