The Jackson Laboratory is accusing a Chinese university of misusing its mice.
Jackson Lab — which makes a lot of money selling mice — is suing to stop a Chinese university it accuses of selling offspring of the genomics center’s mice used for research. The lab operates a research center in Farmington and is based in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Jackson Lab filed a complaint Monday in federal court in Maine. It’s seeking arbitration in its dispute with Nanjing University and affiliated research centers.
The research mice are a critical part of Jackson Lab’s business, accounting for millions of dollars in revenue. Mouse models of gene mutations with aspects in common between mice and humans can lead to new models of human disease, useful for drug screening, preclinical studies and better understanding of diseases and conditions, it says.
Xiang Gao, former director of the Model Animal Research Center who was named in the court papers did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.