Under the terms of the two-year agreement, Agencourt will provide ESTs (expressed sequence tags) and SAGE (serial analysis of gene expression) to the NIH Mammalian Gene Collection and Cancer Genome Anatomy projects. The original contract began in January 2002 and runs through the end of this year.
The goal of the MGC project is to identify and sequence representative full open reading frame cDNA clones for all human and mouse genes, and select rat genes. Agencourt said that it has sequenced more than 1.3 million cDNA ESTs to aid in the identification of these clones, and that it will continue to sequence such tags for the MGC project.
The primary goals of the cancer genome anatomy project are to map, evaluate, and sequence genes of cells at various stages of cancer growth. Agencourt said it is responsible for sequencing the project's SAGE libraries to quantify gene expression within the cells.
Agencourt said it will make all data generated for the projects publicly available.