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J. Craig Venter Institute Awarded $43 Million, Five Year Contract From NIAID to Continue to Develop and Provide Sequencing, Genotyping, and Bioinformatics Expertise and Services in Infectious Diseases
Date:5/29/2009

iod JCVI sequenced and analyzed 185 eukaryotic and prokaryotic genomes, and more than 3000 viral genomes. JCVI's participation in the NIH Human Microbiome program was also initiated under this contract program.

The recent work conducted at JCVI and led by David Spiro, Ph.D. in sequencing and analyzing the H1N1 (swine origin) influenza isolates, is supported by NIAID as part of the GSCID contract. Dr. Spiro and the team at JCVI continue to work closely with NIAID, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the global scientific community to monitor and better understand the evolution of the current virus with the goal of anticipating and developing new and better therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines to this constantly mutating viral threat.

About the J. Craig Venter Institute

The JCVI is a not-for-profit research institute in Rockville, MD and San Diego, CA dedicated to the advancement of the science of genomics; the understanding of its implications for society; and communication of those results to the scientific community, the public, and policymakers. Founded by J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., the JCVI is home to approximately 400 scientists and staff with expertise in human and evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics/informatics, information technology, high-throughput DNA sequencing, genomic and environmental policy research, and public education in science and science policy. The legacy organizations of the JCVI are: The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), The Center for the Advancement of Genomics (TCAG), the Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives (IBEA), the Joint Technology Center (JTC), and the J. Craig Venter Science Foundation. The JCVI is a 501 (c) (3) organization. For additional information, please visit http://www.JCVI.org.

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