Learn to use the Mouse Genome Informatics resource, a collection of data, tools, and analyses created and tailored to the mouse, a widely used model organism. MGI integrates genetics, genomics and biology for the laboratory mouse. The history and focus of The Jackson Laboratory research and production facilities generate tremendous knowledge and depth which researchers can mine to advance their research. A dedicated community of mouse researchers worldwide enhance and contribute to the knowledge as well. This is an indispensable tool for any researcher using the mouse as a model organism for their research, and for researchers interested in genes that share homology with the mouse genes. Various mouse research support resources including animal collections and free colony management software are also available at the MGI site.

You will learn:

  • to perform effective searches for mouse genes and proteins and understand the display of these results
  • to access advanced searches enabling multifaceted queries
  • to output data in various formats, or access large data reports
  • how to use the many related resources associated with MGI


This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Model organisms. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

TAIR: The Arabidopsis Information Resource

Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD): Saccharomyces Genome Database

PhenomicDB: Phenotypes database

WormBase: Molecular and genetic information on Caenorhabditis elegans and related species

FlyBase: A resource for the genes, genome and molecular biology of Drosophila melanogaster and related species.

Rat Genome Database (RGD): Rat Genome Database

ZFIN: The Zebrafish Information Network

Gramene: A resource on rice and other grass genomes


Genome Databases (euk) : Genomic databases or repositories primarily aimed at eukaryotic organisms. Some may contain prokaryotic data as well.


Service Announcement: EMBL-EBI Hinxton data centre offline for scheduled maintenance: Was following a protein information trail that ended in the error message "Sorry! That service is temporarily unavailable. Data centre offline until Monday, Oct 24, 2011" If you were planning on stayin...

Tip of the Week: LAMHDI for animal models: At the Experimental Biology conference last week, we were "booth neighbors" with a group providing a database that we hadn't heard of--LAMHDI. Of course, we love to explore new software that serves ne...

Mouse Colony Management Software tutorial: One of the most common search terms that brings people to our site is colony management software,  or some variation thereof. We've talked about some of the choices in the past: Animal Colony Managemen...

Phenotype resources and databases: For another project I'm on, I had to research some of the sources of information around phenotyping experimental animal models.  And just as I needed it, the RGD team produced a very nice screencast of...

Does anybody have a Cre-whatever mouse...?: Ever since I was a post-doc at Jax, I've been on the MGI mailing list. Some days it brings back memories.  Some days it brings laughter.  The other day I had a major problem with the spam filter becau...


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