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About: DMDD

Biography:
DMDD is a systematic study of embryonic-lethal mouse gene knockouts. We provide a database of high-resolution images and phenotype data - a valuable resource for developmental biologists.
Website:
http://dmdd.org.uk

Posts by DMDD:

New complexities in relationship between gene mutation and embryo development

Posted by on April 11th, 2017

  A large-scale study of DMDD data has shown that inactivating the same gene in mouse embryos that are virtually genetically identical can result in a wide range and severity of physical abnormalities. This suggests that the relationship between gene mutation and embryo development is more complex than previously thought.     The study considered[…]

Why are geneticists measuring the webbing between mouse embryo fingers?

Posted by on February 21st, 2017

A new paper published in Journal of Anatomy shows that measuring the amount of inter-digital webbing in mouse embryos between 14 and 15 days gestation is the best way to find out their exact stage of development. So why is this important to a geneticist? If we want to discover a causal link between a gene[…]

New data reveals how gene knockouts affect whole embryo gene expression

Posted by on February 7th, 2017

New DMDD data released on Expression Atlas reveals the effect of single gene knockouts on the expression of all other genes in the mouse genome. The gene expression profiles of 11 knockout lines have been derived from whole embryos harvested at E9.5, and the results can be compared with wild-type controls using an interactive online[…]

New phenotype dataset available for embryonic-lethal mouse knockouts

Posted by on December 1st, 2016

    This post originally appeared on Annotations, the DMDD blog.   New image and phenotype data for embryos and placentas from embryonic lethal knockout mouse lines has been made available on the DMDD website today. The knockout data includes the ciliary gene Rpgrip1l as well as Atg16l1, a gene encoding a protein that forms[…]

New phenotype screen examines causes of neonatal death

Posted by on October 4th, 2016

This post first appeared on Annotations, the DMDD blog (blog.dmdd.org.uk). Around a third of targeted gene knockouts in mice are embryonic-lethal. But not all deaths occur during gestation – a significant number of gene knockouts result in death at or shortly after the time of birth. Mice from these knockout lines provide a valuable animal[…]

New data reveals gene expression during mouse embryo development

Posted by on September 29th, 2016

This article was originally posted on the DMDD website dmdd.org.uk Knowing the ‘normal’ expression of genes during embryo development is key to understanding the differences that occur due to genetic mutations. As part of work to understand the underlying transcriptional processes for developing embryos from knockout mouse lines, DMDD has now released a gene expression[…]

New DMDD embryonic-lethal mouse data now available

Posted by on August 15th, 2016

  This post was originally posted on the DMDD blog.   New embryonic-lethal knockout mouse lines are now available on the DMDD database. If you haven’t previously taken a look at our data (or even if you have) now would be a good time to explore our website.  We’ve added new embryo phenotype data and[…]

The Zika Virus and Systematic Screens of Mouse Mutations

Posted by on July 14th, 2016

  This post was originally published on the DMDD blog.     The Zika virus has raised global awareness of birth defects more than at any time in the last 50 years [1]. A recent Nature Editorial explores the opportunities this presents to increase support for vaccination programmes, compulsory fortification of food staples and investment[…]

Apply for a grant to study knockout mice

Posted by on May 23rd, 2016

The MRC has now launched its first, cross-Board Call for Pump Priming Awards for preliminary research using IMPC knockout mice (http://www.mrc.ac.uk/funding/browse/pump-priming-awards-for-preliminary-research-using-impc-knockout-mice/). The aim of this initiative is to capitalise on MRC’s (and others’) investments in the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) (https://www.har.mrc.ac.uk/research/large-scale-functional-genomics/international-mouse-phenotyping-consortium-impc) and make best use of the resources, data and tools available. The expectation[…]

A mouse embryo atlas using HREM data

Posted by on May 23rd, 2016

For the first time, a reference mouse embryo atlas has been created using HREM image data. For other embryo imaging methods such as micro-CT, a reference embryo atlas has previously been shown to be the basis of automated phenotyping (Wong et al, 2014). This new work (a collaboration between the DMDD programme and the Mouse[…]