The Mouse Genomes Project uses next generation sequencing technologies to sequence the genomes of key laboratory mouse strains. The project consists of two arms:
- Short-read sequencing of many laboratory mouse strains and identification of sequence variation (SNPs, short insertions and deletions, and larger structural variations) relative to the C57BL/6J mouse reference genome.
- De novo genome assembly and strain specific gene annotation of the most highly used strains.
We and our collaborators have used short-read sequencing to identify SNPs, indels, and structural variations relative to the C57BL/6J mouse reference genome. The strains that have been sequenced and are in our variation catalog are:
The sample accession codes are listed here. The sequence variation can be queried via our query tool. For bulk download, the sequencing reads are available in BAM format from our ftp site and the variations are available in VCF format on our ftp site. All of the variation data has been published and can be used without restriction. The primary citation for the resource is:
- Mouse genomic variation and its effect on phenotypes and gene regulation. Keane TM, Goodstadt L, Danecek P, White MA, Wong K et al. Nature 2011;477;7364;289-94 PUBMED: 21921910; PMC: 3276836; DOI: 10.1038/nature10413
We have produced draft de novo genome assemblies for and strain specific gene annotation for 16 laboratory and wild derived strains. The genome assemblies and annotation is now available via the Ensembl genome browser and the UCSC genome browser.
NOTE: These assembled chromosomes are released as unpublished, preliminary and incomplete sequences and as such they have not yet been submitted to the accessioned in the public genome sequence repositories (INSDC). The assembled sequences will be fully accessioned in public repositories at the time of publication. These data are released in accordance with the Fort Lauderdale agreement and Toronto agreements. As producers of these data we reserve the right to be the first to publish a genome-wide analysis of the data we have generated. The pre-publication data that we release are embargoed for publication except for analyses of single chromosomes in single strains or single gene loci across multiple strains. We strongly encourage researchers to contact us (email@example.com) if there are any queries about referencing or publishing analysis based on pre-publication data. We expect to accession and publish the genome sequences and strain specific gene annotation in mid-late 2016.
Data Release Policy
The Mouse Genomes Project releases sequence data, SNPs and other variant calls as a service to the research community. These data are released in accordance with the Fort Lauderdale agreement and Toronto agreements. As producers of these data we reserve the right to be the first to publish a genome-wide analysis of the data we have generated. The pre-publication data that we release via this website is embargoed for publication except for analyses of single chromosomes in single strains or single gene loci across multiple strains. We strongly encourage researchers to contact us if there are any queries about referencing or publishing analysis based on pre-publication data obtained via this website. More information on the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute’s data sharing policy.
If you have a query about using the project data in your studies or publications, we are happy to answer any queries and can be contacted at
For any queries about the data produced by the project or how to use the data, we can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of the sequencing reads, variants, and assembled genome sequences are made available via our FTP site.
Run genomic co-ordinate queries for SNPs, indels, and structural variants across the mouse strains.
This sequencing centre plans on publishing the completed and annotated sequences in a peer-reviewed journal as soon as possible. Permission of the principal investigator should be obtained before publishing analyses of the sequence/open reading frames/genes on a chromosome or genome scale. See our data sharing policy.