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USDA Pledges $10M Through FY 2006 to Sequence Swine Genome

NEW YORK, April 6 (GenomeWeb News) - The US Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Extension, and Education Service has issued a request for applications to sequence the swine genome.


The goal of the proposed Porcine Genome Sequencing Program is to obtain approximately three-fold sequence coverage of 90 percent of the porcine genome.


The program will "contribute to the international effort of the Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium to obtain an approximate six-fold sequence coverage of the porcine genome," USDA said in the RFA.


USDA plans to contribute $5 million toward the project in FY 2005, with an additional $5 million in support "anticipated" in FY 2006.


In a statement issued today, the Alliance for Animal Genome Research, a nonprofit group that has led the fundraising effort for the swine genome sequencing project, commended the USDA for issuing the RFA, and noted that the USDA's Agricultural Research Service "has indicated that it would provide an additional $1-2 million for the project."


According to the Alliance, other funding sources for the swine genome sequencing project include the Institute for Pig Genetics of the Netherlands, INRA of France, the Iowa Pork Board, Iowa State University, the National Livestock Research Institute of Korea, the National Pork Board, the North Carolina Pork Board, North Carolina State University, the Roslin Institute, the Sino-Danish Consortium, the University of Illinois, and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Those organizations "have contributed already or have pledged significant support" to the project. 


Letters of intent to apply for the USDA RFA are due on July 18.


Additional information about the program, as well as the full text of the RFA, can be found here.

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