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Researchers to Study Genetic Variation in Drosophila Using Affy Resequencing Arrays

NEW YORK, April 1 (GenomeWeb News) - A consortium of researchers led by the University of California, Davis, has received a $4.9 million grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute to study genetic variation in 50 Drosophila melanogaster strains, Affymetrix said yesterday.


The consortium includes scientists from UC Davis, Johns Hopkins University, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Emory University, and Affymetrix.


The researchers plan to resequence two large regions of the Drosophila genome using resequencing arrays from Affymetrix, and to develop methods to analyze the data. All sequencing data will be made publicly available as it is generated, and all software developed for the project will be open-source.


Affymetrix is providing its CustomSeq arrays, which it plans to commercialize, for the project under an early technology access program.

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