NEW YORK, July 23—The Human Genome Mapping Project Resource Centre in Cambridge, UK, and the British robotics company Genetix have formed a three-year collaboration to develop equipment for speeding up protein identification and generating protein interaction maps. The technology is being funded through the UK’s LINK Programme in Applied Genomics, with £2.5 million to come jointly from the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry, Genetix, and the Medical Research Council, which houses the HGMPRC.
The project will initially use yeast as a medium, later switching to mammalian cells to validate protein interactions in humans. It aims ultimately to enable the measurement of interactions between the protein products of all human genes, and to generate some one billion data points. The collaborators said that they expect the new system to increase the throughput of protein interaction studies by 1000 times.
The LINK Programme in Applied Genomics was established two years ago with £15 million funding from the DTI, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and MRC, to be matched by equal funding from industry.