Self-paced JAX Online MiniCourse
Reproductive Biology of the Laboratory Mouse
Gain an understanding of laboratory mouse reproductive biology by examining basic anatomy, sex determination, the fertilization process, the estrous cycle and more.
This MiniCourse is self-paced and takes 1 to 2 hours to complete. During this MiniCourse, you will gain a good understanding of the reproductive biology of the laboratory mouse leading to optimal results in using mouse model systems for research. Through selected readings, you will relate reproductive biology research outcomes to clinical applications of human health. You have the option to purchase a JAX digital badge credential and certificate. In order to purchase and display a JAX digital badge credential and certificate for this MiniCourse, you must complete the Core Lessons and take the Self-Review Quiz (scoring at least 70%).
- Basic anatomy of the mouse reproductive system
- Determining mouse sex at all ages
- The reproductive states and the estrous cycle of the female laboratory mouse
- How to optimize biological and environmental conditions to maximize mouse breeding performance
- Practical applications and ethical considerations
This MiniCourse is designed to meet the needs of people who utilize JAX laboratory mice for genetic and genomic research projects, including: scientists, research assistants, lab technicians, graduate and postdoctoral students, mouse colony managers and staff.
As an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution founded in 1929, The Jackson Laboratory leverages its unique combination of research, education and resources to achieve its mission: to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in its shared quest to improve human health. We offer comprehensive educational programs for scientists throughout their careers, from high school students and teachers to researchers at all experience levels, and for clinical providers interested in incorporating genetics and genomics into their practices.
While we are not an accredited higher education institution, we offer a variety of education programs — including free non-credit bearing MicroLessons and MiniCourses, with optional digital badge credential and certificate for purchase — designed to educate current and future scientists and to provide critical resources, data, tools and services to researchers worldwide.
MiniCourse topics address both foundational content and the research areas in which The Jackson Laboratory has earned a reputation for scientific leadership and excellence.
- Audio speakers or headphones
- Screen resolution of 800X600 or higher
- Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher
- 1GB of RAM
- 2GHz processor
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If you need technical support, please email: Online and Digital Education at The Jackson Laboratory.