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Local biotech research branches out with IMPC

TAIPEI--Taiwan's National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) has linked up with global research bodies in gaining a better understanding of mammalian gene function by joining the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC).

“Taiwan can now enhance the link between local research and development power and the overseas biotechnology industry via this platform, thereby speeding up related clinic applications,” the NARL said in a statement.

The IMPC is an international scientific endeavor to create and characterize the phenotype of 20,000 knockout mouse strains. Mice and humans are more than 95 percent similar at a genetic level.

“These mice are preserved in repositories and made available to the scientific community representing a valuable resource for basic scientific research as well as generating new models for human diseases,” the introduction on the IMPC website says.

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