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Newly Formed Consortium to Study Genomics of Salmonids

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (GenomeWeb News) - A new international consortium has been formed to study the genomics of salmonids, including Pacific salmon, trout, and smelt.


The Consortium for Genomics Research on All Salmonids Project, or cGRASP, brings together dozens of salmonid experts from Canada, Norway, the US,and the UK. Willie Davidson from SimonFraserUniversityin British Columbia, Canada, and Stig Omholt from the NorwegianUniversityof Life Sciences are co-leaders of the consortium.


The consortium currently has CA$346 million ($294 million) in funding from Genome Canada, Genome British Columbia,and other Canadian and international partners, according to a British Columbianewspaper.


The consortium is a continuum of the Genomics Research on Atlantic Salmon Project, or GRASP, which winds up this December.


CGRASP hopes to build on the physical map of the Atlantic salmon genome which was produced by GRASP. Over the next three years, cGRASP aims to build a genetic map for salmonids other thanAtlantic salmon, and to develop a 26,000-gene chip for studying salmon. It also hopes to identify salmonid genes that regulate the immune system and control growth and development.

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