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.


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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...


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