Ferrets are biomedical models used in important NIH funded research areas that include infectious respiratory diseases with pandemic potential, e.g. avian influenza and SARS corona virus. Ferrets are also commonly used in other research areas such as cystic fibrosis, influenza and other respiratory diseases, lung cancer, reproductive and fetal biology, neuroscience, and specific forms of cancer, and have the potential of becoming an important system for drug and vaccine development (including validation and toxicity studies).
The development of genomic resources will provide researchers in this field with important genetic and proteomic information, resulting in the improvement of interpretation of scientific results and the development of molecular reagents for future research efforts within this model.
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This sequencing project was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health funded Genome Sequencing Center for Infectious Diseases at the Broad Institute.