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LabBook, OSU, and OSC to Offer Annotated Human Genome Database

NEW YORK, Jan 16 - Ohio State University, Ohio Supercomputer Center, and LabBook said Tuesday that they have joined forces to provide an annotated database of the human genome later this year.

OSU is doing the actual annotation, while OSC is providing the computational power and LabBook is contributing its visualization and analysis expertise. Financial terms of the deal were not announced but LabBook said the OSU's Human Genome Database would be available at its website,  labbook.com, before

the end of 2001.

LabBook did not say whether access to the annotated database would be free to users. The company was not immediately available for comment.

According to a statement, researchers at OSU have identified thousands of genes and obtained clues to their function.

" We have combined accurate, non-fragmented and non-redundant whole genome mapping of expressed genes with comprehensive annotation," said Bo Yuan, head of bioinformatics in OSU’s Human Genetics Cancer Program and leader of the annotation project. " Now we can truly perform hypothesis driven queries of the human genome, which was not previously possible."

OSC used a Silicon Graphics 1400 cluster to do the computationally intensive work.

LabBook is incorporating the data into its XML-based data visualization interface located on its XML Browser.

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