To avoid a sloppy scientific scramble to put particular organismal genomes into bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) libraries, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has instituted a nomination process that will queue organisms according to priority. First submissions are due Nov. 15. Written requests will be ranked by a peer review committee based on such criteria as the importance of the organism, uses of the BAC library other than for genomic sequencing, the size of the research community to benefit from the resource, and the size and complexity of the genome. Priority rankings for the first set of submissions, says Jane L. Peterson, program director of large scale sequencing at NHGRI, should be sorted out in time for a new round of BAC production grants to be funded December 1. "They're going to need to know some organisms to make libraries for," she explains. While plant, eubacteria, and archaea...
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