NEW YORK, Feb. 10 -   The National Human Genome Research Institute is laying the groundwork for a new, large-scale post-sequencing research consortium. The project, called ENCODE (ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements), is still in the planning stages, but the first phase, a pilot project to assess currently available functional genomics technologies, will kick off in March, according to Peter Good, NIH program director.

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