The Jackson Laboratory is committed to providing the biomedical research community with practical tools to aid in the shared quest for understanding human disease. Donating your strain to JAX fulfills NIH obligations to share mice with other scientists, while significantly reducing the cost of maintaining your mouse models.
There are two ways to submit your strain to The Jackson Laboratory- through donation into the JAX Repository, or privately via our Strain Distribution Service. All JAX Repository strains are available for the entire scientific community, making distribution of your strains easy. To share your strains with your trusted colleagues, our Strain Distribution Service may be a better option. For consideration of those strains to be included in our Repository, submissions by investigators for distribution are evaluated monthly by the Genetic Resource Committee (GRC). The GRC is made up of staff scientists and resource managers from The Jackson Laboratory, who recommend which strains are most appropriate to include in the Repository. You will be notified by email after your strain has been reviewed. If your mouse is successfully reviewed, the only cost associated with strain donation is that of shipping mice to JAX.
If you or the GRC Committee decide that your strain is not appropriate to include in the JAX Repository, you can benefit from the Sponsored Strain Distribution Service to distribute your strain to collaborators of your choice.
When should I submit my strain for evaluation by the GRC?
My strain was accepted for donation to The Jackson Laboratory. Will I receive mice once they’ve been imported into TJL’s facility?
Upon acceptance of the DI’s strain, we will import the strain and determine whether to maintain it initially as a breeding colony or to cryopreserve it. This determination is based on information from you, the DI, and advice from internal and external scientific advisory committees.
What information must I provide when donating my strain?