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Human Genome News, March 1993; 4(6)

Genome Centers Promote Collaboration

NIH, DOE Research Teams Play Key Role in Developing Large-Scale Technologies, Sharing Resources

Human genome research centers, which form an important component of the diverse U.S. Human Genome Project, are made up of several different but interrelated programs. Established by DOE and NIH to foster collaborations by teams of investigators from various disciplines, the centers address major tasks such as genetic and physical mapping, DNA sequencing, informatics related to mapping and sequencing, and technology development. Center projects are also exploring the personal and social impact of new genetic technologies and information.

DOE has designated three genome centers within its national laboratories. Contracts to these centers are funded annually and peer reviewed through site visits every 2 to 3 years. NIH currently supports 11 large-scale mapping and technology development projects (9 of which are funded as centers and 2 as program project grants) in various academic and private-sector institutions. These NIH 5-year grants are reviewed after 3 years, at which time renewal requests are assessed.

The DOE Office of Health and Environmental Research devotes $28.7 million or 46% of its genome program budget to its three genome centers. The NIH National Center for Human Genome Research spends slightly more than $26.5 million or 25% of its $106 million budget on large-scale mapping efforts.

Resource Sharing

Centers play a key role in improving and sharing genome research technology and resources through outside collaborations, public access to laboratory databases, and "visitor laboratories" at which visiting scientists can apply genome center expertise and technology to their own research. In addition, center resources, including biologicals, software and databases, instrumentation, and training opportunities, are available to the entire genome research community. Most centers offer outreach programs to clinicians, educators, journalists, and the general public to foster better understanding of human genetics and research.

Technology Transfer Opportunities

All genome program researchers are encouraged to actively collaborate with the private sector and offer their resources and technologies for commercial development. Some center institutions have technology transfer offices; centers may be contacted for more information.

Links to short descriptions of NIH and DOE genome centers begin below. Listed are directors, contacts, principal investigators, research goals, some major achievements, and resources available to the entire genome research community.



HGMIS Staff

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