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European 'Pathogenomics' Network Will Focus More on Host-Pathogen Interaction

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — A network of 37 genomics research groups from 13 European countries has adopted an agenda for pathogenomics research that includes increasing emphasis on pathogen/host interaction and on using bioinformatics technologies, according to the alliance.
 
The Network of Excellence EuroPathoGenomics is a five-year, €6.7-million ($9 million) European Commission initiative begun in 2005. The group met in April to outline a new direction for its programs and to discuss the future of genomics research in Europe.
 
The NoE EPG said in a statement today that it has concluded that its scientists “intend to focus more on the interaction between pathogens and the hosts, rather than exclusively analyzing disease-causing microorganisms in isolation.”
 
"In the long run, we have to focus more on analyzing the interaction of the pathogens with the host as well as shedding light on the complex interplay between different microorganisms that are active at the same time", said Jörg Hacker, a network coordinator from the University of Würzburg.
 
The network also said its microbiologists will aim to increase their cooperation with experts in bioinformatics “in order to better manage the multitude of data that is produced in modern genomic research.”
 
Finally, it said it has established the EuroPathoGenomics Graduate Academy, which has involved more than 50 students in a number of programs.
 
The network said it hopes to concentrate on “improving the coordination of research across the participating countries.”

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