Last week, the Korea Times reported that Koreas Ministry of Science and Technology intends to establish a National Genome Information Center at the Korea Research Institute of Biosciences and Biotechnology in Taejon.
A spokesman from the office of the Science Counselor at the US Embassy of the Republic of Korea confirmed that the Ministry of Science and Technology is planning such a center within KRIBB, but was unable to disclose any further information. Officials from the science ministry did not respond to requests for comment.
The Korea Times reported that the new center is expected to consolidate genomic research efforts currently being carried out by a number of public and private institutions in Korea and that the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information would support the efforts of the new center.
A science ministry official told the Korea Times that about 2 billion won ($1.54 million) was earmarked for the new center and the official opening would take place later this month.