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  1. RatMap (View Publication)
    Full Name of the Resource : Rat genome tools and data
    Resource Category : Databases -> Human and Other Vertebrate Genomes -> Model Organisms, Comparative Genomics

    Brief Description : The rat is particularly well suited as a genetic model organism for complex human diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, and cancer. In order to facilitate the exploitation of the rat model, the rat genome database RatMap was launched in 1994 with the clear objective of collecting, curating and presenting rat gene localization data. The data presented on rat genes, DNA-markers and QTLs (Quantitative Trait Loci) are mainly obtained from the literature as well as from other databases and by electronic submission. RatMap has, together with the US rat genome database RGD (, been appointed by the Rat Genome and Nomenclature Committee (RGNC) to be the official web site for rat gene nomenclature. All references recorded in RatMap can be queried from a simple form and the result is presented as a single report including: description, chromosomal position, bibliographic references as well as links to other relevant databases such as PubMed, GenBank, LocusLink ( and the genome databases RGD and MGD ( Information on gene orthologies between rat and human and rat and mouse are also displayed. A number of tools are available from RatMap facilitating the finding and characterisation of rat QTL (called "QTL") and Candidate Gene Capture (called "CGC"). "RatMapped" is another tool that combines an integrated linkage map with gene sequence positions and QTLs in a single interface. "BACFinder" enables a quick characterisation of number and sizes of exons by comparing mRNA sequences with full-length sequences from rat BAC sequences. Also comparative databases for rat-mouse ("mouseGAPP") and rat-human ("humanGAPP") are available. These comparative maps are independently developed at RatMap, based on the occurrence of orthologous gene pairs. Thus they serve as an independent complement to similar comparative maps.

    Institute/s :
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology - Genetics,
    Address of Institute/s :
    Göteborg University, Box 462, 40530 Göteborg, Sweden

    Country : Sweden

    Associated Institutes :

    • School of Health Sciences, University College of Boras, Sweden
    • School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Box 408, SE 54128 Skövde, Sweden

    Associated Country : Sweden

    Authors/Contributors : St?hl F.; Levan G.; Ilenius N.; Johnson P.; Petersen G.; Andersson L.; Klinga-Levan K.; G?mez-Fabre P.M.
    Contact Email :
    Year : 1994

    Keywords : Animals; *Chromosome Mapping; Chromosomes, Artificial, Bacterial; Database Management Systems; *Databases, Nucleic Acid; Genome; *Genomics; Quantitative Trait Loci; Rats / *genetics; Terminology as Topic