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PLACENTAL DEFECTS ARE HIGHLY PREVALENT IN EMBRYONIC LETHALS

It is widely known that a functional placenta is vital for normal embryonic development, but how much it may contribute to embryonic lethality has never before been systematically studied. Our research, published in Nature, demonstrates for the first time a remarkable co-association between embryonic lethality and placental defects. A healthy […]


9.5 MILLION EMBRYO IMAGES NOW AVAILABLE

A new set of DMDD embryo and placenta data has been released today, taking our total dataset to 9.5 million images of around 1300 embryos. Phenotypes are available for embryos from 73 different knockout lines, and we have phenotyped the placentas from 124 lines. We have also added data on […]

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HOW MICE ARE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING GENETIC HEART CONDITIONS

Nearly 1 in every 100 babies is born with a heart defect. These are the most common type of birth defect and can range from simple, symptomless cases to life-threatening conditions that require treatment within hours of birth. Environmental influences such as excessive alcohol consumption or exposure to other toxins […]


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MEET THE DMDD TEAM – DAVID ADAMS

In a series of interviews we’re hearing from members of the DMDD programme. Who are they? What inspires them? And what do they hope that DMDD will achieve? This month we hear from David Adams, who oversees the production of embryonic lethal knockout mouse strains for the project. What has […]


NEW EMBRYO PHENOTYPE DATA AVAILABLE

New image and phenotype data for embryos and placentas from embryonic lethal knockout mouse lines has been made available on the DMDD website today. The knockout data includes the ciliary gene Rpgrip1l as well as Atg16l1, a gene encoding a protein that forms part of a larger complex needed for […]


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3 NEW RESULTS FROM KNOCKOUT MOUSE SCREENS

Around a third of mammalian genes are essential for life, and the recent Nature paper from the IMPC¬† ‘High-throughput discovery of novel developmental phenotypes‘ [1] describes some achievements from sytematic study of these genes in knockout mice. Screens like those of the IMPC and DMDD are vital to understand gene […]