The 1999 Chromosome Committee Reports for the Mouse Genome:
This issue of Mammalian Genome contains a short narrative report
for each of the 21 mouse chromosomes produced by the mouse
Chromosome Committees. Committees are constituted from indi-
viduals whose research focuses on specific chromosomal regions
or who are interested in contributing their insights and knowledge
to developing a consensus map of a particular chromosome. These
committees meet regularly at the annual International Mouse Ge-
nome Conference and are responsible for maintaining the public
electronic files summarizing the status of their chromosome.
Complete Chromosome Committee Report files can be viewed
or downloaded from the Mouse Genome Database (MGD) via the
World Wide Web at URL address:
Chromosome Committee Reports are semi-standardized around
a master table (Table 1) of genetic markers that includes data on
genetic, cytogenetic, and physical position, mapping methods, ho-
mologies to human, mutations, and references. A variety of addi-
tional figures and tables and a narrative summarizing new devel-
opments over the past year are included. Chromosome reports
include a number of hypertext links to other data in the Mouse
Genome Database (MGD). In particular, locus symbols and refer-
ence accession numbers form active links. Chromosome Commit-
tees can update their reports as frequently as they wish; therefore,
each file contains both the submitter name and date to assist the
user in assessing the report.
Additional data views are generated by MGD software. A
graphical genetic map for each chromosome is available as a post-
script file for printing a high quality map. A Master Locus List is
also available, generated from the composite of all Reports. This
alphabetical list facilitates searching for particular loci without
having to know their chromosomal location.
Acknowledgments. Mouse Genome Database staff Glenn Colby and Joel
Richardson were primarily responsible for developing the software to pro-
duce the genetic map figures and the chromosome committee electronic
submission tools. Support was also provided by Lois Maltais, Janice
Ormsby, and David Shaw (funded by NHGRI grant HG00330).
© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1999Mammalian Genome 10, 939 (1999).