Monday, October 11, 2010

50 Ideas to Change Science: MPD

Source: MPD
Jackson's own Mouse Phenome Database has made NewScientist's list of 50 Ideas to Change Science. From the article:
"If we want truly to understand the living world, the genome won't do. We need to get to grips with the "phenome": the sum total of all traits, from genes to behaviour, that make up a living thing. [...] That complexity perhaps explains why there is as yet no "human phenome project", though such a thing was first mooted in 2003. But smaller-scale projects such as the Mouse Phenome Database are now springing up. From personalised medicine to our understanding of evolution, science will be the beneficiary."
MPD enables searches based on 2208 physiological and behavioral data, as well as strain, projects, protocols, interventions (ie drugs, chemicals, diets, etc), testing apparatus, and other criteria, and is being utilized by close to 7000 different visitors per month.

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