TOOLS: Choose Your Rat

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Science  15 Jul 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5733, pp. 361
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5733.361b

Whether you're probing the genetics of diabetes or dissecting the neural basis of learning, you'll find guidance on picking the best rat strain for your work at this site from Kyoto University in Japan. Users can compare more than 100 inbred lines on dozens of anatomical, physiological, and behavioral characteristics, from forelimb grip strength to blood cholesterol to memory retention time. Another tool lets visitors chart the genetic differences among strains based on 357 markers known as simple sequence length polymorphisms.

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