- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) - The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant to a Maine laboratory that will help fund the second phase of a project mapping the genome of lab mice.

The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2aVLCYd ) the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor will receive a total of $28.3 million over five years to continue the Knockout Mouse Production and Phenotyping Project.

Robert Braun, principal investigator on the project, says mice and humans share about 20,000 genes, but we have next to no data on more than half of them.

The grant money will help pay for new gene editing technology that will allow researchers to generate, breed, cryopreserve and assess the health of 1,000 lines of mice.

Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research facility.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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