Self-paced JAX Online MiniCourse
Common Laboratory Mouse Strains: A Beginner's Guide
This MiniCourse introduces inbred, outbred and hybrid mouse strains and explains breeding schemes, nomenclature, genetic drift and more.
This MiniCourse is self-paced and takes 1 to 2 hours to complete. At the end of the MiniCourse, you will be able to understand essential concepts related to common laboratory mouse strains. 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%).
- Breeding schemes of commonly used laboratory mouse strains
- Inbred, outbred and hybrid nomenclature
- How substrains develop
- Genetic drift and the reproducibility dilemma
- Strategies to reduce genetic drift
- Resources to find the right inbred mouse for your experimental plan
- Animal health monitoring and mouse room housing conditions
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.
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- Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher
- 1GB of RAM
- 2GHz processor
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