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HybridMiX Report Summary

Project ID: 639096
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - HybridMiX (Genetic Mapping of Evolutionary Developmental Variation using Hybrid Mouse in vitro Crosses)

Reporting period: 2015-08-01 to 2017-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The genome is constantly evolving, yet it must maintain essential functions. Studying molecular patterns of evolutionary change within and among taxa can be a powerful way to dissect genome function and genotype-phenotype maps throughout evolution.

Understanding the genetic basis of trait variation has direct impact on health and medicine, conservation and many agricultural practices.

The overall objectives of our work is the development and application a method to greatly accelerate the genetic mapping of traits, using an cell culture based system. We will use this method to understand how genes and their interactions with each other change throughout evolution and how that affects traits.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

"We have developed our main technique, called "in vitro recombination", in our system. We show that it is possible to perform genetic mapping of species differences in the mouse entirely in a cell culture context, without requiring breeding any mice.

This method is directly applicable also to human-derived induced pluripotent stem cells, suggesting that our method can be applied to help understand disease and health conditions that have a genetic basis.

Our first results are now under review to be published in an international scientific journal."

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

"Until our project it is not been routinely possible to map genetic traits across species barriers in the mouse or mammals. We have achieved initial results suggesting that we can do exactly that.

It is also difficult to generate genetic lines from the mice that contain a great deal of genetic diversity sampled from the laboratory mice and their related relatives. We have been able to generate about 60 lines that carry far greater genetic information than any existing resources.

The method we have developed may be applied to human cell lines. This may allow drug development or other similar applications to be performed safely without using animal testing, while capturing the genetic diversity found in real human populations. This would be a great advance for medicine, especially in the branch referred to as "personalized medicine"."
Record Number: 198685 / Last updated on: 2017-05-23
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