ONLINE TEXT: Mice by the Book

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Science  14 Dec 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5550, pp. 2255
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5550.2255a

You don't need to scurry to a used bookstore to get your paws on Mouse Genetics, a reference by Lee Silver of Princeton University. A site from the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, provides the full text of this guide to using mice in genetic research, originally published in 1995 but now out of print.

Mice are a mainstay of genetics labs, and the book aims at an audience that ranges from students planning their first experiments to pros seeking answers to technical questions. Readers can bone up on topics such as selecting strains, record-keeping in breeding colonies, artificial insemination, the intricacies of genetic mapping, and creating transgenic animals. The Web version includes the original figures and tables, along with a few add-ons. For example, most references link to MEDLINE or the Jackson Laboratory's Mouse Genome Informatics database, which also offers backgrounders on genes mentioned in the text.

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