Nomenclature for mouse strains
Understanding appropriate nomenclature is essential due to the complexity of strain names for substrains, transgenics, knockouts, etc. To enable broader awareness of nomenclature, The Jackson Laboratory has provided the resources below.
Learn the highlights of mouse strain nomenclature with our short, interactive tutorial.
This one-page PDF provides a handy reference to understand complex mouse strain names.
Details specific differences in nomenclature rules for inbred strains, hybrid mice, knockouts, and more.
Updated daily from information in the JAX® Mice and Mouse Genome Informatics databases.
To name F1 hybrids, standard strain abbreviations are used; this table helps to understand which background strains make up a hybrid.
The names of the substrains of 129 were modified to reflect their relationships to one another. This bulletin details that change.
This JAX® NOTES article from Winter 2001 explains how Laboratory Codes and serial numbers dictate the nomenclature of mutant mice.
Effective June 2000, a large number of JAX® Mice strain names changed to indicate the mutation's strain of origin; this JAX Bulletin details congenic nomenclature.
To name RI strains, non-standard abbreviations are used; this table defines which progenitor strains make up an RI strain.