Biotech Updates

New National Genome Centre in UK

April 24, 2009

United Kingdom's Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) has established a new national research center. The Genome Analyst Center (TGAC), which will start normal operation in June, will conduct studies on plant, animal, and microbial genomes and will provide genome sequencing to underpin advances to improve food security, to protect UK agriculture from exotic animal disease and exploit weaknesses in microbes to develop new ways to kill superbugs.

According to Lord Dreyson, UK's minister for Science and Innovation, "Genomic technology has enormous promise. The new Genome Analysis Centre will help to develop UK capacity in this area, where we are already a world leader. I am delighted that the centre will work closely with industry to develop our economic potential in such disciplines as bioinformatics and metagenomic sequencing."

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