International sequencing consortium.
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. For example, the website lists a project for sequencing the mosquito species Anopheles gambiae, the principal vector of malaria. The project was conducted by Genoscope (the national center for sequencing in France) with funding by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, and the French Ministry of Research. Another link on the ISC site connects to the completed project's website, where information is provided on the scope and importance of this work.
The ISC site also contains a listing of links to other resources categorized under the headings of microbial websites, genome browsers, trace archives, and other genome-related sites including other public databases where DNA sequence data are deposited.
Members of the ISC include large-scale, high-throughput sequencing centers and their funding agencies, all of whom have agreed to continue generating publicly available sequence data for unrestricted use by the research community. Most of the sequencing projects included in the ISC database adhere to the policy of rapid release of prepublication data that has been established by the National Human Genome Research Institute and The Wellcome Trust for efforts designated as "community resource projects."
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|Title Annotation:||txg net|
|Author:||Thigpen, Kimberly G.|
|Publication:||Environmental Health Perspectives|
|Date:||May 15, 2004|
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