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Human Genome News, July 1993; 5(2)

U.K. HGMP Encourages CAD Access

The Chromosome Abnormality Database (CAD) was initiated 2 years ago by the U.K. Human Genome Mapping Program (HGMP) under the guidance of the U.K. Association of Clinical Cytogeneticists. Maintained by Simon Mercer, CAD contains over 40,000 records of human acquired and constitutional chromosome abnormalities. These records, some of which go back 20 years, were contributed by more than 40 U.K. cytogenetic laboratories.

The database is designed to provide a research and clinical resource that will link the gene-mapping community with local cytogenetic laboratories. CAD furnishes researchers with access to chromosome breakpoints that might not have been studied before and to frozen material and cell lines maintained by many local laboratories and by the Human Cell Bank at Porton Down, England. At present, the database collects only from U.K. cytogenetic laboratories and other similar U.K. institutions.

Although CAD is available online via the U.K. HGMP Clinical Resource Center, Mercer will conduct complex searches and searches for investigators without network access. His address is CAD; Oxford Medical Genetics Laboratories; Churchill Hospital; Headington, Oxford OX3 7LJ; England (+ 44/865-226003, Fax: -226006, Internet:


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Human Genome Project 1990–2003

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