New Jax sperm cryopreservation protocol published

The Jackson Laboratory

The new Jackson Laboratory mouse sperm cryopreservation protocol has just been published in PloS ONE today (July 30, 2008). The title and authors of this publication are:

Conserving, Distributing and Managing Genetically Modified Mouse Lines by Sperm Cryopreservation

G. Charles Ostermeier (1,2), Michael V. Wiles (1), Jane S. Farley (2), Robert A. Taft (2)

(1) Technology Evaluation and Development, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, United States of America. (2) Reproductive Sciences, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, United States of America

MGI Workshop at the TT2008 Meeting

Mouse Genome Informatics

TT2008 Meeting

At the forthcoming TT2008 Meeting, to be held in Toronto (Canada) on October 27-29, 2008, there is a Mouse Genome Infomartics (MGI) Workshop organized.

Right after the TT2008 meeting ends, on Wednesday October 29 afternoon, we will be hosting a two-hour bioinformatics workshop led by the Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI) team from the Jackson Labooratory. Computers with internet access will be provided to all attendees.

This workshop is appropriate for all levels, from undergraduate to principal investigator, and benefit new and experienced MGI users alike. Workshop is hands-on and will include among other topics how to:

• Find mouse models of human disease
• Identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), PCR polymorphisms and biological sequences specific to selected mouse strains
• Locate quantitative trail loci (QTL) associated with a specific phenotype
• View mouse markers, alleles and phenotypes mapped onto a genome browser
• Find gene expression assays and images for specific anatomical structures and developmental stages
• View terms describing the molecular function, biological process and cellular component of a gene, and retrieve a list of genes annotated with a specific Gene Ontology (GO) term.

The number of participants we can accommodate will be very limited, so we urge anyone interested to apply as soon as possible. Please apply by sending your current CV, a recommendation letter stating why you should attend this course, and a letter from you describing how you will make use of what you will learn to the following address:

All documents should be sent by email, but your recommendation letter should be sent from your referees email address.