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Human Genome News, March 1993; 4(6)


University of Utah

(NIH; established 1990)

Raymond F. Gesteland and Ray White

Raymond Gesteland (801/581-5190, Fax: /585-3910;
University of Utah
Department of Human Genetics
6160 Eccles Genetics Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Hans Albertson, Peter Cartwright, Mark Leppert, Harold Swerdlow, Robert Weiss


  • Development of resources and technologies for mapping and sequencing, including (1) polymorphic DNA markers for human chromosomes; (2) automated technology for genotyping; (3) organized front-end strategies for large sequencing projects; (4) DNA sequencing technology, including capillary and multiplex approaches; (5) informatics tools to integrate chromosome maps, pedigree data, and large sequence databases; and (6) informatics systems for distributive database searches.
  • Pilot projects for assessment of new sequencing technology.


  • Generation of > 1200 STSs (mapped 1052, of which 650 are SSRs). Construction of a chromosome 17 map with 72 markers spaced an average of 4.2 cM apart.
  • Development of (1) a transposon system for breaking up large DNA fragments into ordered sets for large-scale sequencing projects; (2) capillary gel electrophoresis method for sequencing DNA; and (3) instrumentation for efficient, automated implementation of multiplex technology for large-scale sequencing. Sequenced 100 kb of the neurofibromatosis gene as a pilot test of the transposon front-end system.
  • Developments for informatics, including (1) pedigree editor; (2) system for implementation of transposon mapping system; (3) a new algorithm for automated calling of DNA sequence from autoradiograms; and (4) dedicated parallel architecture chips for very fast DNA sequence comparisons.
  • Establishment of an ELSI program for community outreach.


  • Reagents and sequences for mapping.
  • Genome technology workshop scheduled for June 1993.
  • Visitor laboratory available to give visiting scientists access to biological and technological laboratory resources.

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