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Human Genome News, September 1990; 2(3)

ACM-SIGMOD Panel on Database Issues of the Human Genome Project

The 1990 International Conference on the Management of Data, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery - Special Interest Group on Management of Data (ACM-SIGMOD), was held in May in Atlantic City, New Jersey. One conference activity was a panel discussion on "Database Issues of the Human Genome Project." Panelists were:

  • Robert Pecherer [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)],
  • Richard Roberts (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory),
  • Frank Olken [Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL)], and
  • Robert Robbins [National Science Foundation (NSF)].

The panel discussion was held to inform conference attendees about the goals and objectives of the Human Genome Project and about contributions that database researchers can make. As moderator, Pecherer introduced the panelists and gave some historical perspective and scientific background information. Roberts stated that access to databases for proteins and for model genome physical maps and sequences will provide clues to guide researchers in understanding human genomic structure and function.

Olken spoke of general database problems of molecular biologists and of the specific research direction taken at LBL toward developing data management systems for multilevel, integrated physical maps.

Robbins described various funding mechanisms for computer scientists interested in human genome research and applied some thought-provoking analogies from the computer science domain to the province of genome mapping and sequencing.

Reported by Robert M. Pecherer
Theoretical Division

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