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BGI and TGAC join efforts to tackle global challenges in food security, energy and health
Date:3/12/2013

Norwich, UK, Copenhagen, Denmark, Shenzhen, China. Tue., 12 March 2013 - The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) and BGI, the world's largest genomics organization, will be working together aiming to strengthen research collaborations and build on the world-class genomics and bioinformatics capabilities of both institutions. This partnership will foster key research developments in the areas of food security, energy and health.

Prof Richard Cogdell, chair of TGAC's board of trustees, said, "I am delighted by the prospect of a strong synergistic collaboration between TGAC and BGI. This will allow both partners to work together on exciting and high priority projects, bringing them to fruition much faster than if they were working alone"

Crop genomics represents one of the critical areas this joint effort will contribute to. BGI and TGAC are already working on important crop species including wheat, rice and barley. The Norwich Research Park (NRP) where TGAC is based also hosts the John Innes Centre and the Sainsbury Laboratory, two world-renowned research centres in plant genomics and plant pathogen research. Routes to better crops and tackling challenges around food security will be investigated by the application of the latest sequencing technologies coupled with novel computational solutions such as the rapid identification of alleles associated with advantageous traits. Another important theme will be energy derived from crops.

Scientists from both BGI and TGAC will also join efforts to explore the application of genomics for medical diagnostic and its impact on health. This collaboration will also offer opportunities to work with the Institute of Food Research, a research institute with expertise in food-borne pathogens and nutrition, and the University of East Anglia including the medical school in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, all based within the NRP.

"This is a great opportunity to build on our relationship with BGI and form
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Contact: Jia Liu
liujia@genomics.cn
BGI Shenzhen
Source:Eurekalert

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