Bacterial genomics in Spain

Scientists set up a research network to focus on an 'underappreciated' discipline

Xavier Bosch(xbosch@teleline.es)
Apr 1, 2004

Spanish scientists, dissatisfied with the efforts of policymakers in the area of bacterial genomics, have created their own research network that aims to achieve results in areas they feel government agencies have ignored.

The Network of Bacterial Genomics (RGB), made up of 41 research teams at universities, hospitals, and centers of the Higher Research Council, will allow scientists to share human and technical resources in an effort to understand the genetic roots of bacterial pathogenicity and utility.

The network, whose creation was announced last week (March 23), aims to create a critical mass of researchers in the field to allow them, among other things, to apply for joint research projects. Fellows and senior researchers will move freely among the different centers to build their skills not only in the lab but also in bioinformatics. It is planned to organize periodical meetings and congresses of Spanish and foreign researchers.

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