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International consortium announces the 1000 Genomes Project
Date:1/22/2008

search can use to understand common disease, said Jun Wang, Ph.D., associate director of BGI Shenzhen, whose laboratory will participate in the 1000 Genomes Project and which also took part in the HapMap Project. It will benefit all nations by creating a valuable resource for researchers around the globe.

The detailed map of human genetic variation will be used by many researchers seeking to relate genetic variation to particular diseases. In turn, such research will lay the groundwork for the personal genomics era of medicine, in which people routinely will have their genomes sequenced to predict their individual risks of disease and response to drugs.

The data generated by the 1000 Genomes Project will be held by and distributed from the European Bioinformatics Institute and the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which is part of NIH. There will also be a mirror site for data access at BGI Shenzhen. In addition to a catalog of variants, the data will include information about surrounding variation that can speed identification of the most important variants.


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Contact: Geoff Spencer
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NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute
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