Trends in large-scale mouse mutagenesis: from genetics to functional genomics

Nat Rev Genet. 2008 Oct;9(10):803-10. doi: 10.1038/nrg2431.


The primary goal of mouse mutagenesis programmes is to develop a fundamental research infrastructure for mammalian functional genomics and to produce human disease models. Many large-scale programmes have been ongoing since 1997; these culminated in the International Knockout Mouse Consortium (IKMC) in 2007 with the aim to establish knockout and conditional mouse strains for all mouse genes. This article traces the origins and rationale of these large-scale mouse mutagenesis programmes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Databases, Genetic
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Ethylnitrosourea
  • Genomics / methods
  • Genomics / trends*
  • Mice / genetics*
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Models, Biological
  • Mutagenesis / physiology*
  • Neoplasms / chemically induced
  • Neoplasms / genetics


  • Ethylnitrosourea