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MapQuest for the mouse spinal cord

An online atlas of the mouse spinal cord points researchers toward places where genes are active

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6:40pm, July 18, 2008

Genetics researchers are showing a little backbone these days.

The Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle launched its online atlas of the mouse spinal cord July 16. The initial release includes 4,000 sets of digital images of spinal cords from adult and juvenile mice. The pictures show where in the spinal cord 2,000 different genes are active. By the end of the year, data for 20,000 genes will be available, says Allan Jones, chief scientific officer for the nonprofit research organization.

When and where genes are active in the spinal cord guides development. It can also make a difference in passing along signals from brain to body. The Allen Institute

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