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Over the past 15 years, more than 2,000 quantitative trait loci (QTLs) have been identified in crosses between inbred strains of mice and rats, but less than 1% have been characterized at a molecular level. However, new resources, such as chromosome substitution strains and the proposed Collaborative Cross, together with new analytical tools, including probabilistic ancestral haplotype reconstruction in outbred mice, Yin-Yang crosses and in silico analysis of sequence variants in many inbred strains, could make QTL cloning tractable. We review the potential of these strategies to identify genes that underlie QTLs in rodents.

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Journal article


Nat Rev Genet

Publication Date





271 - 286


Animals, Animals, Genetically Modified, Animals, Outbred Strains, Breeding, Chromosome Mapping, Cloning, Molecular, Crosses, Genetic, Gene Expression Profiling, Genetic Variation, Haplotypes, Mice, Mice, Inbred Strains, Mutagenesis, Phenotype, Quantitative Trait Loci, Quantitative Trait, Heritable, Rats