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Nat Rev Genet. 2001 Oct;2(10):780-90.

Engineering chromosomal rearrangements in mice.

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  • 1Program in Developmental Biology, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, Texas 77030,


The combination of gene-targeting techniques in mouse embryonic stem cells and the Cre/loxP site-specific recombination system has resulted in the emergence of chromosomal-engineering technology in mice. This advance has opened up new opportunities for modelling human diseases that are associated with chromosomal rearrangements. It has also led to the generation of visibly marked deletions and balancer chromosomes in mice, which provide essential reagents for maximizing the efficiency of large-scale mutagenesis efforts and which will accelerate the functional annotation of mammalian genomes, including the human genome.

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