A Pattern Recognition Bioinformatics Alternative System to Rodent Models in Fundamental Research

Brett Lidbury, Alice Richardson

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Reliance upon rodent models in fundamental biomedical research is increasing due to technologies that allow the genetic engineering of inbred mouse strains. Through these genetic technologies and other established benefits for biomedical research success, there is a rodent-based experimental “system” that serves the researcher’s needs for whole organism experimentation. Furthermore, it is accepted that medical advances require an “animal model” as an essential aspect to ultimate success. Direct studies on humans are seen to be problematic due to significant heterogeneity and diversity in human populations. Modern bioinformatics, particularly the pattern recognition field, provides potential answers to the problem of overcoming such outbred diversity. Advanced statistical methods and machine learning algorithms developed by computer scientists, for example recursive partitioning and support vector machines (SVMs), applied to human biomedical data, provide a basis for an alternative system to mouse models through unravelling diversity and providing clues to guide investigations into human disease.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, Montreal 2011
EditorsSvon Aulock, F P Gmber, P Magr, C Rauter Gknimuluache
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventWC8 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Aug 201125 Aug 2011

Publication series

NameALTEX Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2194-0479




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