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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Geoff Spencer

International Sequencing Consortium Launches Online Resource
New Web Site Promotes Sharing of Large-Scale Sequencing Information

Bethesda, Maryland — The International Sequencing Consortium (ISC) has launched a free, online resource where scientists and the public can get the latest information on the status of sequencing projects for animal, plant and other eukaryotic genomes, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) announced today.

The new resource can be accessed through ISC's home page, www.intlgenome.org. The database enables users to quickly sort sequencing project information by organism, by sequencing group or by funding agency.

Information about each sequencing project includes timetables for completion, along with brief descriptions of sequencing strategies being employed. In many cases, the database also features links to the individual sequencing projects' Web sites and the sites of their funding agencies, such as NHGRI. Also available are links to other publicly run databases where the actual DNA sequence data is deposited.

The ISC was established in 2002 to provide a worldwide forum for genomic sequencing groups and their funding agencies to share information, coordinate research efforts and address common issues raised by genomic sequencing, such as data release and data quality.

NHGRI is one of 27 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The NHGRI Division of Extramural Research supports grants for research and for training and career development at sites nationwide. Information about NHGRI can be found at: www.genome.gov.

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