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NIAID Awards Institute $18M to Collect Pathogen Genomes

NEW YORK , Sept. 3 (GenomeWeb News)-The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded an $18 million contract to the Computation Institute, which will use the funding to establish a National Microbial Pathogen Data Resource Center. The Computation Institute is a joint endeavor of the  University  of  Chicago , Argonne National Laboratory, and the Fellowship for Interpretation of Genomes.


The Resource Center will collect the genomes of hundreds of pathogenic microorganisms and "all relevant organism-related data," making them available for disease researchers to develop vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics, according to a press release.


Rick Stevens of the University of Chicago  and the Computer Science Division of Argonne and Ross Overbeek of Argonne will co-direct the Resource Center .

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