NEW YORK, June 3 - The National Human Genome Research Project has tapped Baylor College's genomics lab to sequence Drosophila pseudoobscura.
The project, which will be spearheaded by Richard Gibbs, director of Baylor's Human Genome Sequencing Center, comes with a $5 million grant from NHGRI. The project will likely wrap up sometime in 2003.
Baylor researchers will use the whole genome-shotgun technique along with the sequence assembly software used on the rat genome, which also is underway at the HGSC, according to the center.
The Houston-based lab has worked with other institutions to sequence the genomes of the human, Drosophila melanogaster, Dictyostelium discoideum, as well as the early phases of the mouse-genome project.
Visit the HGSC web site for more information.