A few days ago, Affymetrix announced the launch of a new GeneChip microarray that is being used in the Encyclopedia of Complete DNA Elements (ENCODE) initiative, a project funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute with the goal of creating a “parts list” of all the sequence-based functional elements in the human DNA sequence. The launch of the ENCODE “tiling” array coincides with a new round of grants announced last week by NHGRI to support the next phase of research on the project. (see BioArray Briefs, p. 8)

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

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