NBCR has links to the UCSD School of Medicine, and co-investigator John Wooley is affiliated with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. "Along with providing a novel approach to advancing fundamental biological knowledge, analysis of the marine genome data will allow us insight into natural marine products and how they can be applied for pharmacy and medicine," said Wooley, the university's Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. "The new resource will greatly enhance our health science researchers' ability to advance the development of new drugs and therapies from the ocean's resources to combat cancer and neurodegenerative and other diseases."
Venter Institute will make available a large collection of community-developed genome analysis software tools. The CAMERA tools will address the needs of two groups of users. The first group comprises potential users with little programming ability using web-based tools to explore data and visualization tools to interpret the results. The second group comprises bioinformatics experts with their own tools and programming. CAMERA will encourage this later group to contribute their software analysis tools, thus engaging the broader community in strengthening this international resource.