The Jackson Laboratory has made fundamental contributions to biomedical research, including cancer genetics and establishing the mouse as the premier research animal model.
George D. Snell of The Jackson Laboratory won the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for "discoveries concerning genetically determined structures on the cell surface that regulate immunological reactions."
In fact, 26 Nobel prizes are associated with Jackson Laboratory research, resources and educational programs.
Dr. Michael Festing of the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology Toxicology Unit, University of Leicester, England, traced 17 Nobel prizes (awarded before the year 2000), including Dr. Snell’s, to The Jackson Laboratory for an essay, “Mighty Mice,” he co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth Fisher, Department of Neurogenetics, Imperial College School of Medicine at St. Mary’s, London. The essay appeared in the journal Nature, vol. 404, page 815.