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Annu Rev Genet. 2000;34:653-686.

Complex trait analysis in the mouse: The strengths, the limitations and the promise yet to come.

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Hypnion Inc, Five Biotech, 381 Plantation Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605, USA.


In 1990, David Baltimore predicted that the 1990s would be the decade of the mouse (). This certainly proved to be true: The mouse has contributed immensely to biological research through transgenic, embryonic stem cell (ES) knockout, and classical genetic technologies. But its usefulness as a model organism is by no means over; indeed it is still rising to its peak: The mouse as a model mammalian organism still has much to offer. This article reviews use of the mouse to dissect complex genetic traits using quantitative trait analysis, with a particular emphasis on medically important diseases.

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