How can I get phenotypic deviant and confirmed mutant mice from the Center?
Information about availability is posted for each phenotypic deviant and confirmed mutant mouse produced by the HLBS Center. The availability of a particular phenotypic deviant or confirmed mutant mouse will depend, in part, on the demand. Deviant mice that are considered high priority will be posted on the Center’s Web site as soon as the deviant trait is confirmed by retesting. The availability of these mice is subject to the completion of heritability testing and the establishment of a breeding colony that is sufficient in size to supply breeding pairs to all interested investigators. This process usually requires a minimum of 6 to 9 months but may take longer if the demand is high. High priority deviants are defined as those with an extreme or unusual phenotype; mutants with 2 or more affected siblings. It is anticipated that the Center will discover approximately 5 high priority mutants each year.