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NHGRI Unveils Chimp Genome Draft, Alignment to Human Genome

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (GenomeWeb News) - The NHGRI unveiled today its first draft of the chimpanzee genome sequence, as well as its alignment to the human genome.


The institute said the data have all been deposited into GenBank. GenBank will distribute the data to EMBL-Bank, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's Nucleotide Sequence Database, as well as DDBJ, the DNA Data Bank of Japan.


The sequencing of the chimpanzee Pan troglodytes, was led by Eric Lander of MIT's Broad Institute, and Richard Wilson of the Washington University Genome Sequencing Center.


Draft alignments between the human and chimp genomes can be read through the University of California, Santa Cruz's Genome Browser; the National Center for Biotechnology Information's Map Viewer; and the European Bioinformatics Institute's Ensembl system.


Scientists at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington University and the Broad Institute are now performing a detailed comparison between chimp and human genome sequences, and are planning within the next several months to publish their results, the NHGRI said.

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