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Human Genome News, Nov. 1994; 6(4):12

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

(NIH, established 1990)
ERIC S. LANDER, Director
David Page and Nat Goodman, Associate Directors
CONTACT: Lander (617/258-5192, Fax: -6505; lander@mitwibr.bitnet); Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research; Nine Cambridge Center; Cambridge, MA 02142.
Daniel Cohen (Centre d'Etude du Polymorphisme Humain)
Joe Nadeau (Jackson Laboratory)
Shirley Tilghman (Princeton Univ., Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
  • Construction in 3 years of a low-resolution physical map of the human genome based on 8500 sequence tagged sites.
  • Construction of genetic and physical maps of the mouse genome, including a high-resolution genetic map consisting of 6000 SSLPs, integrating 25% of these markers with the Copeland-Jenkins cross showing gene location.
  • Production within 5 years of a low-resolution physical contig map (average size, 10 to 20 Mb) of the mouse genome based on 10,000 sequence tagged sites.


  • Construction of a mouse genetic map having 5250 SSLPs and human sequence tagged site-content data with >=3700 sequence tagged sites.
  • Construction of a mouse genome yeast artificial chromosome library with 700-kb average inserts.
  • Implementation of an efficient approach for screening entire yeast artificial chromosome libraries.
  • Implementation of a center-pioneered object-oriented database for genomic data.
  • Introduction of yeast artificial chromosomes into mouse embryonic stem cell lines and mouse germline.
  • Development of new technologies to increase automation ("waffle iron" thermocycler, which can handle 16 microtitre dishes at once), sequence tagged site screening robot.


Mouse genome yeast artificial chromosome library (Research Genetics, 800/533-4363;Genome Systems, 800/248-7609). Primers for mouse SSLPs (Research Genetics). Software for choosing primers and genetic mapping. "Waffle iron" thermocycler prototype (Intelligent Automation Systems, Cambridge, MA). Data are available by (1) anonymous ftp (; login, anonymous; password, user e-mail address); (2) internet e-mail using a database e-mail server (for copies of query forms, send message to with help in either subject line or body text); and (3) WWW at Newsletter available via WWW URL and e-mail (

HGMIS staff

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