Journal article

Mind the gap: analysis of marker-assisted breeding strategies for inbred mouse strains

NJ Armstrong, TC Brodnicki, TP Speed



The development of congenic mouse strains is the principal approach for confirming and fine mapping quantitative trait loci, as well as for comparing the phenotypic effect of a transgene or gene-targeted disruption between different inbred mouse strains. The traditional breeding scheme calls for at least nine consecutive backcrosses before establishing a congenic mouse strain. Recent availability of genome sequence and high-throughput genotyping now permit the use of polymorphic DNA markers to reduce this number of backcrosses, and empirical data suggest that marker-assisted breeding may require as few as four backcrosses. We used simulation studies to investigate the efficiency of different..

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