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European Genome Browser Launches at Bielefeld University

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Germany's Bielefeld University is the new European host of a node of the Genome Browser, the web portal resource that has been a home for genomic data for more than a decade, the university said today.

The website, which has been hosted by the University of Southern California, Santa Cruz, since 2001, is used by geneticists, molecular biologists, and clinical investigators around the world. It enables scientific users to explore genetic information in a graphic representation, to zoom in or out on the data, read reports from other researchers, and upload their own gene sequences for comparison.

Bielefeld said that strong demand for the Genome Browser has strained the data link across the Atlantic Ocean, so a European node was necessary.

Bielefeld University’s Center for Biotechnology's Institute for Bioinformatics and the University Computing Center are paying for the operational costs of the new server, and the University of California is paying for its acquisition, installation, and servicing.

Bielefeld said it began hosting the browser this week.