Ordering from the NCI Mouse Repository

General Ordering Information

Information on the process of ordering mouse germplasm (embryos and/or sperm) from the NCI Mouse Repository is given below. If you have any questions on the ordering process which are not answered below or any other order-related questions (i.e., strain availability), please contact the NCI Mouse Repository Office at MouseRepository@nih.gov. Technical questions regarding the website and the online ordering system should be directed to the NCI-Frederick webmaster at FrederickWebmaster@nih.gov.

Orders for mouse models must be placed online through this website. To place an order, simply find the model of interest on the “Available Strains” page and click on the “Place an Order” link. After submitting the online order form, you will be brought to a confirmation page which has a link to the Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) for that particular mouse model. You will need to print the MTA and have it signed by the Recipient Scientist and the Authorized Recipient Official of your institution. An Authorized Recipient Official is someone who is authorized to sign legal documents on behalf of the institution; this person usually works in the Technology Transfer Department or the Office of Sponsored Research.

To complete the ordering process, please scan and email the signed MTA to lisa.gallmon@nih.gov and a scanned completed version will be emailed to you.

If your institution requires a hard copy original, send the signed MTA to the address below, and an original completed version will be mailed to you.

Lisa M. Gallmon
Technology Development Administrative Specialist
National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health
Technology Transfer Center
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm 1-E534 MSC 9702
Bethesda, MD 20892-9702 (for business mail)
Rockville, MD 20850-9702 (for courier service)
Phone: 240-276-5527 or 240-276-5530
Fax: 240-276-5504
email: lisa.gallmon@nih.gov

Likewise, all questions pertaining to the MTA (clarification of terms, status of an MTA, etc.) should be directed to Lisa M. Gallmon at lisa.gallmon@nih.gov or 240-276-5527 or 240-276-5530.

Ordering Frozen Germplasm

All NCI Mouse Repository strains are archived as cryopreserved embryos and/or sperm. There is no charge for the materials, however, the recipient is responsible for shipping charges. Quality control testing is performed for every strain to produce live-born mice of the correct genotype, is performed at the NCI Mouse Repository to ensure viability and genetic integrity of the frozen material.

If embryos are requested, approximately 25-30 embryos will be provided per shipment. If sperm is requested, one straw of 3-4 "100ul" aliquots of sperm will be provided per shipment. Additionally, the requestor must provide to the Repository an appropriate shipping container (liquid nitrogen dry shipper). If your laboratory does not have a container, you may be able to obtain one through your courier. It is highly recommended the embryos are used immediately upon receipt see Protocol for Cryopreservation and Cryorecovery of Embryos in vials [PDF] or (2) Protocol for Cryopreservation and Cryorecovery of Embryos in straws [PDF] or (3) Protocol for Cryopreservation and Cryorecovery of Sperm [PDF]. The recipient laboratory is responsible for all costs related to shipping and cryorecovery. Since the NCI Mouse Repository has no control over cryorecovery methods and procedures it will not be responsible for failure to recover live mice.

All orders must be placed online through this website. To order a particular mouse model, simply select the model you are interested in from the strain list and click on the link under the "Place an Order" column.

For order-related questions:

Please contact the NCI Mouse Repository Office at MouseRepository@nih.gov for questions regarding the ordering and shipping process. Technical questions regarding the website and the online ordering system should be directed to the NCI-Frederick webmaster at FrederickWebmaster@nih.gov.

After you submit the on-line order form, you will be brought to a confirmation page which has a link to the Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) for that particular mouse model. You will need to print the MTA and have it signed by the Recipient Scientist and the Authorized Recipient Official of your institution. An Authorized Recipient Official is someone who is authorized to sign legal documents on behalf of the institution; this person usually works in the Technology Transfer Department or the Office of Sponsored Research.

To complete the ordering process, please scan and email the signed MTA to lisa.gallmon@nih.gov and a scanned completed version will be emailed to you.

Likewise, all questions pertaining to the MTA (clarification of terms, status of an MTA, etc.) should be directed to Lisa M. Gallmon at lisa.gallmon@nih.gov or 240-276-5527 or 240-276-5530.