**** The Whole Mouse Catalog  ****

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  **  Introduction  **

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Welcome to the Whole Mouse Catalog! This Web site serves as a central place to find numerous Internet resources of particular interest to scientific researchers using mice or rats in their work. Please note that the choice of links is subject to the author's highly subjective opinion. The most important criteria is that the linked page be obviously useful to at least some biomedical researchers in their own work that uses mice or rats.

This resource was formerly the Mouse and Rat Research Home Page, which was located at CalTech. It now has its own permanent site address <http://www.rodentia.com/wmc/>, which will find it no matter where it happens to be located in the future.

Most of the resources here are specifically about mice, since that's mostly what's available on the Internet, but any rat research resources you or I can find can also belong here. Also, the links here are to pages in English, since that's all I can read and therefore I can't evaluate pages in other languages. If you'd like a page of links to rodent research references in another language (which you can read), you should definitely consider creating one. I encourage you to suggest new links to be added to this page, but please don't be dismayed if I don't respond to your email. I usually just stash suggestions away and process the stack a few times per year.

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  **  What's New  **

This section of the page serves as an easy place to find the latest news of note to mouse and rodent researchers. In addition, when new items are posted below, they'll be marked with  New!, so you can quickly see what's been added most recently. The flag doesn't mean the resource is newly on the Internet, just that the link was added to this site the last time the site was updated. I'll only mention what I think are some highlights here in this section, but all new additions will be marked whether they appear.

May 28, 1999

Routine update, fixed broken links and added new ones. Additions include the Trans-NIH Mouse Initiative, NIH Report: Priority Setting for Mouse Genomics and Genetics Resources, MRC Chromosome Atlas Maps, NCBI Unigene: Mus musculus and Rattus norvegicus,and the European Mouse Mutant Archive (EMMA).

January 1, 1999

The Whole Mouse Catalog is now updated and functional, except for the "Organs" section, which is still incomplete.

The WMC was derived from the Mouse and Rat Research Home Page, which is now closed and has replaced by this new site. At this time, all broken links have been fixed, the basic structure and navigation system of the site is complete, and new links have been added. Only links added since the last update are marked "new" ( New!).

At some point in the future I might improve the navigation system so that the pointers in the sidebar always accurately reflect the display in the main frame. At this time, if you navigate using links in the main frame you will dissociate that frame from the sidebar. It's not all that significant, but it would be nice if they always matched.

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  **  Contributing to This Site  **

If you wish to make any suggestions or to otherwise contribute to this site, please feel free to write to the author at the address given at the bottom of the page. However, please understand that this site is NOT intended to have links to every Web page of any relevance to any researcher using rodents, but primarily to those with information that may be useful to scientists in their own work. Web pages with well defined goals are particularly useful and likely to be included. Please don't be offended if not every suggested link is added.

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Genome | Cell | Organ | Organism | Laboratory | Bioscience | Other

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Page last updated 02Jun99
© 1995-1999 Eric H. Mercer

Please send comments to <wmc@muridae.com>.
Do note, however, that this is not the "Ask Dr. Rodent" site, and I don't write back much! I'm not an expert in everything mousey, and what I mostly am looking for are suggestions for new links to be added here when I next get around to updating the site. I'm not able to help you with your science fair project or with your vermin infestation (these two are 90% of the mail I receive). Also, I know some existing links break, and I review and fix them all periodically with automated tools.