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February 13, 2024
We removed two features from Marker Detail pages:
We deleted the Interactions section with interacting microRNAs and its linked Interaction Explorer. Instead, for a marker's molecular and genetic interactions, follow the Alliance gene page link in the top, Summary section, of Marker Detail pages.
Also no longer present on Marker Detail pages are the GBrowse thumbnails of the marker region. These were found in the Location & Maps section and linked to JBrowse. The text link ("View this region in JBrowse") remains.
January 22, 2024
A new feature in the MGI SNP query allows you to mouseover a strain to see the number of its SNPs included in MGI.
The MGI Prototypes are being decommissioned with the exception of VLAD, a tool for visualizing GO annotation enrichment. An upgraded VLAD can be found among the Analysis Tools.
The Human - Mouse Disease Connection (HMDC) phenotype ID search tool allows you to add matching MP and HPO terms to your HMDC searches. This tool has been updated to include more robust lexical matching between the MP and HPO vocabularies. See also the previous update from September 11, 2023.
December 11, 2023
The Global Biodata Coalition (GBC) designated GXD a Global Core Biodata Resource.
Global Core Biodata Resources are biodata resources that are of fundamental importance to the wider biological and life sciences community and the long term preservation of biological data. They:
  • provide free and open access to their data,
  • are used extensively both in terms of the number and distribution of their users,
  • are mature and comprehensive,
  • are considered authoritative in their field,
  • are of high scientific quality, and
  • provide a professional standard of service delivery.
Their operation is based on well-established life-cycle management processes and well-understood dependencies with related data resources. GCBRs have either terms of use or specific licenses that conform to the Open Definition, to enable the reuse of data.
GXD and MGD, the two main components of MGI, are now both designated as GCBRs. MGD was already named a GCBR in 2022.
September 11, 2023
Human - Mouse: Disease Connection search refinements.
The Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) and Mammalian Phenotype (MP) Ontology are distinct vocabularies that cover similar concepts. With this release, we added a tool to find related terms in the two ontologies, and add these to a Human - Mouse: Disease Connection (HMDC) phenotype ID search. This permits you to find both human and mouse phenotypic results when searching by ID.
Previously, when you used the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) Browser, and you clicked on the number of annotations, the search forwarded to the HMDC and the search was limited to just human phenotype annotations. With this release, however, use the "Click to modify search" button and you will have the option of finding and adding related mammalian phenotype terms to the HMDC search results.
May 30, 2023
MGI has improved its representation of the pseudoautosomal region (PAR).
  • A search for Chr XY with the Genes & Markers Query now returns all PAR markers, placed in the PAR by genome coordinates or by genetic mapping. PAR markers with genome coordinates can still be returned by coordinate searches of the corresponding chromosome (X or Y).
  • MGI now represents sequence-verified PARX / PARY homologous loci as distinct markers, with Chr X / Chr Y genome coordinates, respectively, and gene detail pages provide links to the Homologous PAR Feature. As an example, see the Erdr1x Gene Detail Page.
The Multiple Genome Viewer (MGV) now includes 2 Xenopus genomes: the African clawed frog, X. laevis, and the the Western clawed frog, X. tropicalis. X. laevis is an allotetraploid (2n = 36) of hybrid origin. The resulting X. laevis genome has a set of ancestral 'long' (L) and 'short' (S) chromosomes, with extensive L/S homoeology for genes that have been retained on the S subgenome. The X. laevis.L and X. laevis.S subgenomes are represented as separate genomes in the MGV.
February 13, 2023
QTL Detail Pages now include candidate genes and QTL interactions.
QTL Detail Pages summary section now includes pop-ups for:
  • Candidate Genes
    • Potential candidate genes for the featured QTL are shown with their genome locations, details describing their candidacy, supporting references, and links to the candidate genes' detail pages. Reciprocally, pages for QTL candidate genes show details and links to detail pages for QTL the genes are potential candidates for. As an example, see the top, Summary section, of the Skts2 QTL Detail page.
  • QTL Interactions
    • For interacting QTL, QTL detail pages show interacting QTL, their genetic and genome locations, interaction type (enhancement or suppression), and supporting references. As an example, see the top, Summary section, of the Lmr14 QTL Detail page.
GXD’s Expression Profile Search now includes the ability to search for genes detected in selected tissues "And Nowhere Else."
January 5, 2023
MGI is now supporting the more secure HTTPS protocol.
Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) adds a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to HTTP. This encrypts exchanges between your browser and the MGI web server and reduces the risk of a malicious entity intercepting your web interactions.
Some web browsers by default are set to only use HTTPS and in order to access MGI, you had to turn off that preference. With this update, you have one less reason to turn that off.
MouseMine has already been using HTTPS for about a year. The International Mouse Strain Resource (IMSR) and the Mouse Models of Human Cancer Database (MMHCdb) will be using HTTPS in future releases.

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