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  Transatlantic cooperation creating world's largest genome bank

Photo of article The European Commission, US National Institutes of Health and Genome Canada are co-funding a global collaborative research programme aiming at creating mutant mouse lines in every single gene present in the mouse genome. The goal is to better understand the ways a single gene influences the health and well-being of mice by deleting, or “knocking out”, individual genes. Through the study of the mouse genome, researchers expect to gain invaluable insight into disease processes in humans, as mice and humans share 99 percent of their genetic code. In addition to the current initiative, the EU has invested over €135 million since 2002 in mouse functional genomics, easily putting Europe at the forefront of genomic research.

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Published: 10 January 2007

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