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UCSC Tailors Genome Browser for Public Use in Malaria Studies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - A group of students at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has worked with faculty at the Hughes Undergraduate Research Lab to tailor UCSC's Genome Browser for use in malaria genomics research, UCSC said today.
The Malaria Genome Browser, which is a free resource aimed at the malaria research community worldwide, has been active for several weeks and has received 5,000 hits from six continents. The browser also now has been linked to an upcoming version of PlasmoDB, an international repository of genomic information about the Plasmodium parasite.
UCSC said the browser "brings together on a single screen the full DNA sequences of eight species of the malaria parasite (Plasmodium), alongside experimental results and previously discovered genes culled from the literature."
The university said the program allows researchers to search through the 26 million bases in the parasite's 14 chromosomes, and to enter sequence data and notes in order to compare information about different species.
The Hughes Undergraduate Research Lab was funded in part by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Other projects at the lab include bioinformatics work on the SARS virus, malaria, and yeast biology. UCSC's Malaria Genome Browser can be found here.

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