What types of data can be contributed?
Data that serve to characterize and compare mouse strains. MPD accepts
phenotype strain survey data, SNP / genotype variation data, and gene expression strain survey data.
What mouse strains?
MPD collects data on classical inbred strains as well as any fixed-genotype strains and derivatives that are
openly acquirable by community investigators
(strain panel examples).
Strains can be from JAX-Mice or from any other vendor.
Investigators looking to test a diverse set of classical strains should consider our
MPD priority strain set.
We currently don't subsidize or assist with mouse procurement for projects.
What types of phenotype data are considered?
All areas of anatomy, physiology, and behavior.
Baseline strain surveys, or study designs such as treatment-control, cross-sectional, or longitudinal.
There should be data for at least 8 different strains, and sexes analyzed separately.
What format must phenotype data be in?
Data sets may be sent in an Excel table where rows represent animals
and columns represent various traits measured. Each row should clearly identify the
mouse strain and sex (F or M), and include an animal ID number.
A short "variable name" that identifies the trait should appear at the top of each column,
and more complete trait descriptions and units should be provided separately.
firstname.lastname@example.org ... there are other format possibilities as well, and we're
happy to work with you one step at a time.
What about genotype or gene expression data?
Contact us first at email@example.com ... often we download these from public resources
and go from there.
Can phenotype strain means (only) be submitted?
Yes, this is possible if individual animal data are not available.
Please provide sample size and standard deviation (or standard error) for each strain mean.
Must the data be part of a published paper?
Not a prerequisite, but encouraged.
You can delay MPD data release pending a publication if you wish.
Just let us know in advance if this is your plan.
Who puts together the protocol document?
MPD staff, in conjunction with submitting investigators and their published papers or manuscripts.