Systems Biology through Mouse Imaging Centers: Experience and New Directions

R. Mark Henkelman
2010 Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering  
The completed sequencing of genomes has forced upon us the challenge of understanding how the detailed information in the genome gives rise to the specific characteristics-phenotype-of the individual. This is crucial for understanding not only normal development but also, from a medical perspective, the genetic basis of disease. Much of the mammalian genome-to-phenotype relationship will be worked out in the mouse, for which powerful genetic-manipulation tools are available. Mouse imaging
more » ... Mouse imaging combined with powerful statistical methods has a unique and growing role to play in phenotyping genetically modified mice. This review outlines the challenges for image-based phenotyping, summarizes the current state of three-dimensional imaging technologies for the mouse, and highlights new opportunities in systems biology that are opened by imaging mice. 143 Annu. Rev. Biomed. Eng. 2010.12:143-166. Downloaded from arjournals.annualreviews.org by University of Toronto on 08/09/10. For personal use only.
doi:10.1146/annurev-bioeng-070909-105343 pmid:20415591 fatcat:zvs4nepdebgoroovxatthhl7le