Designing and generating a mouse model: frequently asked questions

Channabasavaiah B. Gurumurthy', Thomas L. Saunders', Masato Ohtsuka'

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Genetically engineered mouse (GEM) models are commonly used in biomedical research. Generating GEMs involve complex set of experimental procedures requiring sophisticated equipment and highly skilled technical staff. Because of these reasons, most research institutes set up centralized core facilities where custom GEMs are created for research groups. Researchers, on the other hand, when they begin thinking about generating GEMs for their research, several questions arise in their minds. For example, what type of model(s) would be best useful for my research, how do I design them, what are the latest technologies and tools available for developing my model(s), and finally how to breed GEMs in my research. As there are several considerations and options in mouse designs, and as it is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor, careful planning upfront can ensure the highest chance of success. In this article, we provide brief answers to several frequently asked questions that arise when researchers begin thinking about generating mouse model(s) for their work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-90
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Biomedical Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021


  • conditional knockout mouse
  • genetic engineering
  • knock-in mouse
  • knockout mouse
  • transgenic mouse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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