An Open Letter To The Mouse Genetics Community
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH
On Behalf of The Public Mouse Sequencing Project

The public mouse sequencing effort is robust and proceeding rapidly, but from queries we have been receiving recently there seems to be considerable confusion about the state of the effort and the location of the data. We clearly have not been effective enough in our attempts to communicate these plans and achievements to the wider mouse community. I would like, therefore, to let you know the current status of our effort.

The goals for our program were designed to develop the critical resources that were defined by the community:

The Washington University, Whitehead and Sanger Centers, as well as others, are aggressively working toward these goals. Let me briefly summarize the current results and upcoming products:

I hope that this information is useful to you and would appreciate advice from any members of this listserve as to how to make it more widely known in the mammalian genetics community. Please feel free to distribute this summary yourselves as you see fit.

To ensure better communication and good responsiveness to the community, we will shortly establish a web site containing information and pointers for the mouse community about the available resources, which we will update regularly.

Finally, let me re-emphasize that the HGP is deeply committed to generating these data as rapidly as possible and to serving the mouse community as well as possible.