About The Jackson Laboratory

We are an independent, nonprofit organization focusing on mammalian genetics research to advance human health. Our mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

Our nearly 1,700 employees located in Bar Harbor, Maine, Sacramento, California, and Farmington, Connecticut:

  • conduct genetic research
  • provide scientific services and genetic resources to laboratories around the world
  • educate students of all ages through courses, internships and other programs

Our work uses the mouse as a research tool. Because mice and humans share 95% of their genes, mice are an effective and efficient model for human diseases.

Along with our research we provide scientific resources, techniques, software and data to scientists around the world. We breed and manage colonies of mice to supply other research institutions and laboratories.

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2014 Annual Report

During 2014, JAX researchers published significant new findings in cancer, heart disease,  neurodegeneration and glaucoma, among many other areas, that were published in the world’s top research journals.
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