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VIB-BGI Genomics Meeting highlights growing impact of large-scale genomics in life sciences
Date:2/15/2012

February 15, Leuven, Belgium and Shenzhen, China VIB, a life sciences research institute in Flanders, Belgium, and BGI, one of the world's largest genomics organizations, today concluded a jointly organized meeting focused on large-scale genomics projects. Around 160 scientists from VBI, BGI, and other research institutes or biotechnology industries attended the meeting to exchange their experience and promote collaborations in genomics research.

This first joint genomics meeting between VIB and BGI featured several presentations on BGI's sequencing projects and computing infrastructure, VIB's research on human and microbial genomes, as well as results from collaborative VIB-BGI projects. Prior to this meeting, the two organizations have already been working together on several projects, including the mapping of the genomes of more than 1,000 species of gut bacteria, compiled from 577 billion base pairs of sequence data, of which several results already got published in Nature.

Professor Huanming Yang, Chairman of BGI, started the presentation by a brief introduction of the development of BGI as well as recent achievements, and stated, "21st century is the century of biology and genome is regarded as the foundation of biology." He also mentioned "BGI has initiated many major projects with our collaborators. Our strategy is to develop genome research internationally. I am confident that we will achieve more research results." He addressed the research topics at the meeting including large-scale analysis of human genomes, metagenomics and microbiology, biodiversity genomics and computational analysis. Professor Lars Bolund from the University of Arhus and BGI Europe introduced the sequencing approach and BGI's participation in a Danish population genome project. He said: "One of the strengths of BGI is that they are very good at developing new software for genome sequencing research and bioinformatics." Jeroen Raes from VIB and Huanzi
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Contact: Jia Liu
liujia@genomics.cn
BGI Shenzhen
Source:Eurekalert

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