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Progress and prospects in rat genetics: a community view

Item Type:Article
Title:Progress and prospects in rat genetics: a community view
Creators Name:Aitman, T.J. and Critser, J.K. and Cuppen, E. and Dominiczak, A. and Fernandez-Suarez, X.M. and Flint, J. and Gauguier, D. and Geurts, A.M. and Gould, M. and Harris, P.C. and Holmdahl, R. and Huebner, N. and Izsvak, Z. and Jacob, H.J. and Kuramoto, T. and Kwitek, A.E. and Marrone, A. and Mashimo, T. and Moreno, C. and Mullins, J. and Mullins, L. and Olsson, T. and Pravenec, M. and Riley, L. and Saar, K. and Serikawa, T. and Shull, J.D. and Szpirer, C. and Twigger, S.N. and Voigt, B. and Worley, K.C.
Abstract:The rat is an important system for modeling human disease. Four years ago, the rich 150-year history of rat research was transformed by the sequencing of the rat genome, ushering in an era of exceptional opportunity for identifying genes and pathways underlying disease phenotypes. Genome-wide association studies in human populations have recently provided a direct approach for finding robust genetic associations in common diseases, but identifying the precise genes and their mechanisms of action remains problematic. In the context of significant progress in rat genomic resources over the past decade, we outline achievements in rat gene discovery to date, show how these findings have been translated to human disease, and document an increasing pace of discovery of new disease genes, pathways and mechanisms. Finally, we present a set of principles that justify continuing and strengthening genetic studies in the rat model, and further development of genomic infrastructure for rat research.
Keywords:Chromosome Mapping, Animal Disease Models, Gene Targeting, Inborn Genetic Diseases, Genome, Genomics, Animals, Rats
Source:Nature Genetics
ISSN:1061-4036
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group (U.S.A.)
Volume:40
Number:5
Page Range:516-22
Date:May 2008
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1038/ng.147
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