Tools and resources
The fundamental genetic similarity between mice and humans allows researchers to infer a human gene's function based on studies with laboratory mice. Identifying essential clues on gene function provided by model organisms has proved to be a powerful approach to gain knowledge on both human disease and mammalian biology.
Finding biosamples with specific characteristics across different biobanks is challenging because each biobank manages sample information differently. Together with the sensitive nature of large amounts of biosample information, this makes it difficult to pull information together for example in a central place where a researcher can browse and discover groups of samples that might be suitable for a given research project.