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Human Genome News, March 1993; 4(6)


Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

(NIH; established 1990)

Eric S. Lander
David Page and Nat Goodman, Associate Directors

Eric Lander (617/258-5192, Fax: -6505; lander@mitwibr.bitnet)
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Nine Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142

Daniel Cohen (CEPH), Nic Dracopoli (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Rudolf Jaenisch (Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research), Joe Nadeau (Jackson Laboratory), Shirley Tilghman (Princeton University, HHMI)


  • Construction (in 3 years) of a low-resolution physical map of the human genome based on 8500 STSs.
  • Construction of genetic and physical maps of the mouse genome, including a high-resolution genetic map consisting of 6000 SSLPs, integrating 1/4 of these markers with the Copeland/Jenkins cross showing the location of the genes. Production (within 5 years) of a low-resolution physical contig map (average size, 10 to 20 Mb) based on 10,000 STSs.


  • Construction of a map having > 1000 SSLPs.
  • Construction of a mouse genome YAC library with 700-kb average inserts.
  • Implementation of an efficient approach for screening entire YAC libraries.
  • Implementation of a center-pioneered object-oriented database for genomic data.
  • Introduction of YACs into mouse ES cell lines and into the mouse germline.
  • Development of new technologies to increase automation ("waffle iron" thermocycler, which can handle 16 microtitre dishes at once), STS screening robot.


  • Mouse genome YAC library.
  • Primers for mouse SSLPs (available from Research Genetics, Inc., Huntsville, AL).
  • Software for choosing primers and genetic mapping.
  • "Waffle iron" thermocycler prototype (Automated Systems, Cambridge, MA).
  • CEPH Mark II to VII (inserts, 400 kb to > 1 Mb) YAC library.

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