The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) was into genetics before genetics was cool. Founded in 1929, the not-for-profit organization is a leading researcher of human diseases, their causes, and their potential cures. Much of its research into mammalian genetics is focused on mice, which share a similar genetic makeup to humans. In addition to its own research in areas such as cancer, immunology, and metabolic disease, the organization maintains colonies of mice and supplies them under the brand name JAX to other laboratories around the globe. Additionally, JAX offers educational programs -- including internships, workshops, and predoctoral programs -- for both current and future scientists.