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MRC Harwell Institute


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09 Nov 2020 - 10 Nov 2020


10:00 am - 5:00 pm


£300 + VAT

Entry-Level Mouse Genetics

For: Animal Technicians and Early Career Researchers

This course will cover Mendelian gene inheritance as well as aspects of more complex genetics intended to inform breeding strategies and calculations in establishing new genetically altered lines.

After the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand Mendelian gene inheritance
  • Predict the outcomes of genetic crosses
  • Have a working knowledge of the genetic background of mouse strains
  • Understand how to maintain the genetic integrity of inbred lines
  • Plan breeding schemes
  • Perform multiple allele inheritance calculations
  • Understand how Genetically Altered lines can be established from modern transgenic technologies

Hourly Schedule

Day 1

10:00 - 10:30
Registration, Orientation, Coffee, Icebreaker and H&S
10:30 - 12:30
Session 1
Macromolecules, DNA and proteins
12:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00
Session 2
Introduction to mouse genetics and inbred strains
14:00 - 14:45
Session 3
Cells and chromosomes
14:45 - 15:00
Tea and coffee break
15:00 - 16:30
Session 4
Genes, alleles and more mice
16:00 - 17:00
Tour (optional)
Mary Lyon Centre

Day 2

09:00 - 11:00
Session 4
Genes, alleles and more mice (continued)
11:00 - 11:15
Tea and coffee break
11:15 - 12:30
Session 5
Genetic alterations in mice
12:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
Session 6
GA breeding - cohorts and controls
14:30 - 14:45
Tea and coffee break
14:45 - 16:30
Session 6
GA breeding - cohorts and controls (continued)

The event is finished.

  • This course was fantastic. Really pleased with how it was taught. Shelly did a great job, appreciated Rosie’s help with the calculations and Sara’s topics. Thank you.

    14th Oct 2019

  • I found the course very informative. I am still fairly new to transgenic colonies and still have lots more to learn. Very much enjoyed the course thank you.

    14th Oct 2019

  • I really enjoyed the course and found it very useful. The pace was generally good although it did increase towards the end of the second day as time was running out. I don’t think there is anything specifically to improve.

    14th Oct 2019

  • Good refresher course

    14th Oct 2019

  • Great course!

    14th Oct 2019

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