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European Marine Genomics Network of Excellence Established

NEW YORK, May 17 (GenomeWeb News) - The EU said last week that a new Network of Excellence has been established to introduce to marine sciences genomic approaches and technologies developed in other fields.


Networks of Excellence are European-based partnerships designed to gather together various research capabilities to address scientific, technical, socio-economic, or policy issues.


"Being a Network of Excellence, we are not focusing so much on specific scientific outputs," Adelino Canarion, director of the Algarve center of marine sciences at the University of Algarve in Portugalm and partner in the marine genomics effort, said in a statement released through the EU. "Our aim is rather to integrate approaches throughout Europe.


"One example will be the development of high-throughput gene sequencing techniques for the study of marine biology," he added.


According to the EU, the network joins 44 institutes from 16 European nations, ensuring the involvement of about 300 researchers in total. The EU said that it has invested €10 million into the program.


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