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Human Genome News, May 1990; 2(1)

Newsgroup and Information Database Services Offered

The NIH and DOE human genome programs are implementing two new services to distribute information about the Human Genome Project.

The Human Genome Program Newsgroup began operating through the GenBank® BioSci electronic bulletin board network. The newsgroup will give the agencies another way to distribute information about their genome programs, including requests for grant applications, reports from recent scientific and advisory meetings, and announcements of future events. The program staffs of both agencies regularly monitor the newsgroup and respond to postings when appropriate. Operating in an E-mail format, the newsgroup is intended to be a forum for issues pertaining to genome research; the public is encouraged to use this mechanism to discuss genome issues with the scientific community and with the funding agencies. To subscribe to the newsgroup, send a message to the internet address (which also serves BITNET users): To post messages to the newsgroup, send messages to: Internet:; BITNET: Please refer questions about the newsgroup to Jane L. Peterson, NCHGR, NIH: 301/496-7531 or jp2@nihcu.bitnet.

The Human Genome Information Database is being developed as a text management and user-conferencing mechanism by the Human Genome Management Information System at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Referred to as an electronic bulletin board in past issues of the Human Genome Quarterly, the facility will support investigators and managers in the Human Genome Project.

The database will be accessible via modem or mainframe network systems and will provide users with a fully searchable database containing text from meeting reports, newsletters, program and technical reports, archived announcements from the BioSci Human Genome Program Newsgroup, and calendars. Bibliographic and abstract information related to the Human Genome Project will be extracted from both scientific and popular literature. Over 250 requests have been made for access to this database, which is in an advanced stage of development using Information Dimensions, Inc., BASISplus[TM] software. To subscribe to this facility, contact the Human Genome Management Information System, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P. O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6050.


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Human Genome Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Human Genome News (v2n1).

Human Genome Project 1990–2003

The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international 13-year effort, 1990 to 2003. Primary goals were to discover the complete set of human genes and make them accessible for further biological study, and determine the complete sequence of DNA bases in the human genome. See Timeline for more HGP history.

Human Genome News

Published from 1989 until 2002, this newsletter facilitated HGP communication, helped prevent duplication of research effort, and informed persons interested in genome research.