Oxford University published a paper in their latest issue of Nucleic Acid Research this week describing the Mouse Genome Database (MGD).

MGD is "the community model organism knowledgebase for the laboratory mouse, a widely used animal model for comparative studies of the genetic and genomic basis for human health and disease. MGD is the authoritative source for biological reference data related to mouse genes, gene functions, phenotypes and mouse models of human disease."

The MGD is actually part of a larger effort called Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI) which includes the Gene Expression Database Project (GXD), and the Mouse Models of Human Cancer database (MMHCdb).

Reports are published by biologists who search the latest literature, collect relevant details, and enter this material into the MGD database. MGD receives wide scale electronic transmission of data. Sequence data come from GenBank, gene models are from NCBI, Ensembl, VEGA, ENU-mutagenesis classes, and the International Knockout Mouse Consortium (IKMC). The data interface is versatile and detailed such that each view of individual documents offers access to similar data within MGD and to other databases on the Internet.

Visitors to MGI can interact with the mouse genome as one would a soundwave editor, zooming into specific regions of the mouse chromosome

MouseMine is a data warehouse for accessing integrated mouse data from Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI) and other web resources. MouseMine is a member of an extensive community of online data resources based on the InterMine software framework. It provides multiple, diverse, query templates and supports custom and iterative querying. MouseMine gives you the ability to upload and manipulate lists of features, save and combine results from different queries, and its web services API offers robust and comprehensive programmatic access to MGI data