Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

International Sequencing Consortium

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

International Sequencing Consortium

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The sequencing of multiple species' genomes by the Human Genome Project, including those of the human, the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, and the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, has laid the foundation for the field of comparative genomics. Experts believe this field of study represents the next step in genomic exploration, and that sequencing of more organisms will be critical to answering cross- and multispecies genomic questions. The International Sequencing Consortium (ISC) was established in 2002 to provide a worldwide forum for genomic sequencing groups and their funding agencies to share information, coordinate research efforts, and address common issues raised by genomic sequencing, such as data quality and release. The ISC has established a free website at http://www.intlgenome.org/ where scientists and the public can get the latest information on the status of sequencing projects for the genomes of animals, plants, and other eukaryotic organisms.

The ISC website consists essentially of a database of sequencing projects. The database can be searched and sorted by organism, sequencing group, or funding agency. In addition, information is provided for each organism on the region of the genome being studied, strategies being used, the purpose of the study, collaborating groups, and the timetable for the project, if known.

In most cases, links in the database connect users directly to individual websites for the project, sequencing group, or funding agency. …

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