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UK s Geneservice, Germany s RZPD to Distribute RIKEN Mouse Genome Encyclopedia

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (GenomeWeb News) - The UK's Geneservice and the German Resource Center for Genome Research (RZPD) have signed an agreement to distribute the Mouse Genome Encyclopedia DNABook created by Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN).


The organizations negotiated the distribution deal with DNAform, which was launched in 1998 to commercialize technologies developed by RIKEN's Mouse Encyclopedia Project. 


The DNABook is a library of 60,770 full-length mouse cDNA clones that have been manually curated by the international FANTOM (Functional Annotation of Mouse) consortium and then spotted onto paper and bound in a book. The clones are recoverable through PCR.


Thomas Weaver, Geneservice's CEO, said in a statement that the encyclopedia is the "easiest and quickest way yet conceived of accessing the entire mouse genome."


Geneservice, a spin-out of the UK Medical Research Council, is charging academic users £7,200 and non-academic users £18,000 for the DNABook. Further information on the Geneservice offering is available here.


Pricing for the resource through RZPD was not immediately available.

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