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Welcome to the NIH Rat Genomics and Genetics Web site.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), realizing the potential of rat models in understanding basic biology and human health and disease, launched the Rat Genome Program in 1995, followed by the Rat EST Program in 1997 and is poised to initiate a Rat Genome Database. These two programs and the database, which are coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) through the NIH Rat Genome Working Group (RGWG), are funded by 13 Institutes and Centers at NIH. These programs have produced a wide variety of resources and a way to link and capitalize upon the data and resources of other model organisms and the human. In conjunction with and in addition to these programs, the NIH, through the RGWG, has convened advisory groups and workshops to discuss the opportunities that rat models offer and provide recommendations on the investments that are needed to capitalize on these opportunities. The purpose of this NIH Rat Genomics and Genetics web site is to serve as a central point for information on NIH sponsored and related rat genetic and genomic activities and resources. It will provide information on: the follow up to recommendations made to the NIH; funding opportunities for rat genomic and genetic tools and resources; major rat genomic resources available and/or produced in response to the NIH Rat Program; courses and meetings related to rat genomics and genetics; and selected reports and publications.

Suggestions for improving the Web page and for items to include are most welcome. We want this page to serve your interests. Comments may be relayed to Bettie Graham at

Chairperson, Rat Genome Working Group:

Stephen C. Mockrin, PH. D
Director, Divison of Heart and Vascular Diseases
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Photo Credit:
Dr. Marga Kujpers
Nature Genetics