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Rapid Mapping of Zebrafish Mutations With SNPs and Oligonucleotide Microarrays

  • Heather L. Stickney
  • Jeremy Schmutz
  • Ian G. Woods
  • Caleb C. Holtzer
  • Mark C. Dickson
  • Peter D. Kelly
  • Richard M. Myers
  • William S. Talbot
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2002


Large-scale genetic screens in zebrafish have identified thousands of mutations in hundreds of essential genes. The genetic mapping of these mutations is necessary to link DNA sequences to the gene functions defined by mutant phenotypes. Here, we report two advances that will accelerate the mapping of zebrafish mutations: (1) The construction of a first generation single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) map of the zebrafish genome comprising 2035 SNPs and 178 small insertions/deletions, and (2) the development of a method for mapping mutations in which hundreds of SNPs can be scored in parallel with an oligonucleotide microarray. We have demonstrated the utility of the microarray technique in crosses with haploid and diploid embryos by mapping two known mutations to their previously identified locations. We have also used this approach to localize four previously unmapped mutations. We expect that mapping with SNPs and oligonucleotide microarrays will accelerate the molecular analysis of zebrafish mutations.

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