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07/10 – Introducing Squirrel Resource Page

RGD is pleased to announce the release of a new comparative species page for the 13-lined ground squirrel, Ictidomys tridecemlineatus. This portal links squirrel genome information with tools that researchers can use to find and analyze data, compare with other species, and develop insights. The 13-lined ground squirrel is particularly useful for the study of retinal function and dysfunction, and relevant genes can be found via the RGD Disease Portal, or OLGA tool. Additionally, this species has the ability to survive through repeated cycles of long periods of hypometabolic torpor interspersed with brief periods of euthermic arousal during hibernation, making it an excellent model for studies of metabolism, hypoxia/reperfusion, and longevity. All of RGDs powerful genome analysis tools can be brought to bear on the current squirrel genome sequence, as well as the strength of comparative analyses with the seven other species currently available in RGD.

To explore this intriguing new data avenue, please go to: RGD Squirrel Resource Page

Or to improve our robust dataset, please consider uploading your squirrel quantitative data using our PhenoMiner submission form: click here


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RGD is funded by grant HL64541 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on behalf of the NIH.