At a March 7 meeting, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will formally launch a consortium project to develop methods for identifying and locating functional elements of the human genome. Called the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE), the pilot project will involve $12 million in initial funds.
Consortium members will develop and compare high-throughput techniques using a defined set of target sequences comprising about one percent of the human genome. The project's goal is to come up with a combination of effective, inexpensive methodologies which will then be used on the remaining 99% of the genome.
NHGRI recently released two Requests for Applications (RFA). Program director Elise Feingold expects that five–to–15 research groups will be funded initially,...