Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Inbred Mouse Strain

Any of several lines of mice that have been produced for many generations by brother-sister matings or other close intrafamilial breeding. After about twenty generations, the surviving mice are genetically identical to every other mouse in the strain. The first such strain (DBA) was started by C. C. Little in 1909, but many of the common laboratory lines were not developed until after 1942.

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