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GDB Moves to North Carolina s RTI International

NEW YORK, Nov. 4 (GenomeWeb News) - RTI International, a nonprofit research institute in North Carolina, said today that it would serve as the new home for the Genome Database (GDB), a repository of curated information about human genes.

GDB was started at Johns Hopkins University in 1990, and moved to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, in 1998 when the US Department of Energy discontinued funding for the project. A falling-out between GDB principal investigator Jamie Cuticchia and HSC administrators in late 2001 placed the future of the database in jeopardy, but according to an RTI statement, RTI and HSC "have worked together to find a long-term home for the GDB."

Cuticchia is currently director of genomics and bioinformatics at RTI, which will host the database as a free, public resource at www.gdb.org. RTI will also manage the GDB's peer-reviewed curation process, which was coordinated by Johns Hopkins when the database was hosted at HSC.

RTI said it is also is planning to improve the GDB's software and user interface.

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