An integrated data resource for mouse genetic, genomic, and biological information. MGD includes a variety of data, ranging from gene characterization and genomic structures, to orthologous relationships between mouse genes and those of other mammalian species, to maps (genetic, cytogenetic, physical), to descriptions of mutant phenotypes, to characteristics of inbred strains, to information about biological reagents such as clones and primers. Data are accessed via search/retrieval Web forms and displayed as tables, text, and graphical maps, with supporting primary data. A rich set of hypertext links is provided, such as those from gene and clone information to DNA and protein sequence databases (GenBank, EMBL, DDBJ, SWISS-PROT), from bibliographic data to PubMed, from phenotypes to OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man), and from gene homology records to the genomic databases of other species. MGD's data integration process places disparate data in contextual relationship, bringing together information from electronic downloads, the mouse Chromosome Committees, submissions from individual researchers, and actively curated data from the published literature. MGD encourages community participation via contributions of data and the development of consensus representations of the mouse genome. The resource's electronic bulletin boards are maintained to facilitate communication and collaboration among interested scientists. These Bulletin Boards provide a forum for community discussions and an excellent communication vehicle for MGD news. For more on the Mouse Genome Database follow the link, http://www.informatics.jax.org/mgihome/projects/overview.shtml.
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