A mouse's genetics are reflected in its phenotype, its measurable characteristics including appearance, behavior and physiology. We work on the Mouse Phenome Project, an international collaborative effort seeking to comprehensively characterize a large set of commonly used and genetically diverse strains of mice and other reference populations. All the data are collected and disseminated from the Mouse Phenome Database (MPD) and include data relevant to addiction, atherosclerosis, blood disorders, cancer susceptibility, neurological and behavioral disorders, sensory function defects, hypertension, osteoporosis, obesity and other research areas. MPD also contains extensive genotypic data, which allows for genotype-phenotype association predictions and facilitates efforts to identify and determine the function of genes participating in normal and disease pathways.
The Mouse Phenome Database (MPD; phenome.jax.org) was launched in 2001 as the data coordination center for the international Mouse Phenome Project. MPD integrates quantitative phenotype, gene expression and genotype data into a common annotated framework to facilitate query and analysis. MPD contains >3500 phenotype measurements or traits relevant to human health, including cancer, aging, cardiovascular disorders, obesity, infectious disease susceptibility, blood disorders, neurosensory disorders, drug addiction and toxicity. Since our 2012 NAR report, we have added >70 new data sets, including data from Collaborative Cross lines and Diversity Outbred mice. During this time we have completely revamped our homepage, improved search and navigational aspects of the MPD application, developed several web-enabled data analysis and visualization tools, annotated phenotype data to public ontologies, developed an ontology browser and released new single nucleotide polymorphism query functionality with much higher density coverage than before. Here, we summarize recent data acquisitions and describe our latest improvements.