The MRC Harwell Institute is a research institute funded by The Medical Research Council and is comprised of three MRC Units. The Mary Lyon Centre (MLC), the Mammalian Genetics Unit (MGU) and the Centre for Macaques (CFM).

This website is produced and maintained by the MRC Harwell Institute, and access to and use of this site is subject to the following conditions:

You accept our Terms and conditions. We reserve the right to change our Terms and conditions at any time.

Terms and conditions

The information provided from MRC Harwell Institute resources and its website are for general purposes only and, as such, should not be considered as a substitute for advice covering any specific situation.

The views and opinions of people that appear on the website do not necessarily reflect the views of MRC Harwell Institute.

Although we make reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate and up to date at the time of inclusion, the MRC Harwell Institute accepts no responsibility for loss arising from reliance on information contained within its resources, its website or other sites that may be linked to or from its site.

The MRC Harwell Institute does not endorse or recommend commercial products, processes or services and no such conclusion should be drawn from content provided in or linked from its resources or website.

Links to other internet sites are provided only for the convenience of users of the MRC Harwell Institute website. The MRC Harwell Institute is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

The MRC Harwell Institute endeavours to maintain this site but does not warrant that the site will be continuously available or error-free, nor does the MRC Harwell Institute warrant that this service will be free of defects or bugs or malicious software or code.

Neither the MRC Harwell Institute nor those contributing to the site shall be liable for any losses or damage that may result from use of the website as a consequence of any inaccuracies in, or any omissions from, the information, which it may contain.

We reserve the right to make changes to our resources or website at any time without notice.

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Guidelines on the use of data in publications

Users of mouse resources from MRC Harwell Institute should not publish or otherwise disseminate the information without appropriate acknowledgment.

If you have any queries regarding acknowledging the MRC Harwell Institute in publications, please refer to the Acknowledgements page for further information.


The MRC Harwell Institute provides resources in good faith, but makes no warranty, express or implied, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for any purpose for which the material may are used.

Research Agreements

It may be necessary to enter into a research agreement with the MRC Harwell Institute in order for us to work collaboratively or in a paid for service approach for your project. Your project lead will discuss whether this is appropriate.

Data Sharing Policy

The MRC’s overarching policy aim for data sharing is to maximise the life time value of research data assets for human health and to do so in a way that is timely, responsible, with as few restrictions as possible, and consistent with the law, regulations and recognised good practice.

MRC Harwell Institute research projects generate rich and diverse data outputs. Those funded by public money are shared openly such that we maximise any further research opportunities from them.

Please refer to the MRC Data Sharing page for further information.

Material Transfer Agreements

It may be necessary to execute a MTA with the owner of a mouse resource in order to allow its release from the MRC Harwell Institute or its transfer to another research establishment. Or should you be depositing a mouse to the MRC Harwell Institute then an MTA is executed to allow us to protect your IP rights whilst we distribute the line on your behalf.

MTAs are executed either electronically through the MRC Harwell Institutes MTA portal or in paper format.

For further information please refer to this page: Archiving and Distribution

Privacy Statement

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Cookie Statement

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Terms of Use

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Crispr Limited License

Please refer to our Crispr Limited License for more information

Additional information held in user accounts

All user accounts are accessible to MRC Harwell Institute web database administrators. However passwords are encrypted and cannot be retrieved.

All external providers are in full compliance with GDPR regulations. We only utilise cloud services which store data within EU data centres, and where security levels are deemed necessary, we restrict this further to UK based data centres.

Data held in these accounts is used for the sole purpose it was collect for and is not disclosed to any third party.

External Use of the MRC Harwell Institute Logos

This official logo may be copied and used on your website for purposes such as to identify us on official collaborations or to link to MRC Harwell Institute resources. The image may not be modified in any way except to reduce it in size as required. For further information please refer to the MRC Brand Guidelines page.

The Harwell establishment logos can be downloaded from this MRC page


All information collected on Data Subjects at consent will only be used for the purpose it was collected and only shared as detailed in the consent information provided. Consent will be updated in line with Data Subjects requests.

Data filed on Data Subjects contacting the MRC Harwell Institute for general information or advice may be held but not shared or processed for any purposes.

Freedom of Information

MRC Harwell Institute as part of the Medical Research Council (MRC), is committed to openness, transparency, good record-keeping and effective communication in our handling of all requests for information.

Further information can be found on the MRC website about Freedom of Information requests

  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 give you specific rights to obtain information about what we do and how we do it.
  • The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to see personal information we hold about you

If you cannot find the information you are interested in within our website, or if your request relates to your own personal data please contact us using the form provided.

To make a request for your own personal data under the General Data Protection Act, please refer to the information on the UKRI website which can be found here.