NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The National Institutes of Health last week said it will provide $4.8 million to the University of California, Davis, and the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute to create a repository for its Knockout Mouse Project.
This grant will be “the final component” of the trans-NIH program to increase availability of genetically altered mice, which it has now funded with more than $50 million, NIH said late last week.
Under this project, the UC Davis and CHORI will “preserve, protect, and make available” about 8,500 types of knockout mice and related products to the research community, the NIH said.
"Establishing this final component of the Knockout Mouse Project is an important milestone in progressing toward our goal of making a comprehensive resource of knockout mutations in the mouse genome publicly available to the research community," said Colin Fletcher, a program director at the National Human Genome Research Institute.
The funding for the project comes from the NHGRI, National Center for Research Resources, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Several other NIH institutes have also provided support.