Awardees are expected to systematically create new knockout mouse lines using a variety of techniques, such as gene targeting, gene trapping, or transposon-mediated mutagenesis.
News of the award was disclosed today as the US National Institutes of Health said it has awarded $800,000 to two public mouse repositories that plan to use the funds to acquire genetically engineered mouse lines that are not yet widely accessible.
Under current NIH policy, mouse lines created through NIH-funded research must be made available to the scientific community. To facilitate sharing, the
The $800,000 is being given by the NIH Neuroscience Blueprint and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to the NCRR, which in turn has awarded funds to the Mutant Mouse Regional Resource Centers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Missouri/Harlan facility in Columbia.
The NIH is currently working with the research community to develop a prioritized list of mice that can be collected under the knockout mice program. The agency said it anticipates that more t