McLaughlin Research Institute is an independent, non-profit research organization in Great Falls, Montana near the Rocky Mountain Front. Research at the institute focuses on understanding the genetic control of normal development and disease susceptibility using the mouse as a model system. The institute fosters a collegial, interactive environment, minimizing bureaucratic impediments to research. The MRI Animal Resource Center is a state-of-the-art facility, designed specifically to house mice in a safe and clean environment. The ARC facility was designed and constructed to meet exacting regulatory standards required for the operation of research animal facilities. The ARC has been fully AAALAC accredited since 1996.