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NCGR Grants Fund Gene Expression, Integration, and Pathways Projects


The National Center for Genome Resources was recently awarded three research grants, totaling $839,000 over two years, for existing projects.

The National Science Foundation awarded a two-year $500,000 grant to develop a proof of concept for its GeneX Web-accessible gene expression database and software tools. GeneX is independent of gene expression technology platforms. The NSF support “will allow us to not only evaluate the potential for a technically robust system, but also to evaluate the potential for public funding to utilize the open source management and licensing model,” said William Beavis, CSO of NCGR and principal investigator for the gene expression grant. The grant was effective April 1.

A second grant for $148,000 was awarded to NCGR for one year by four member institutes of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research: the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico, and the International Potato Center in Peru.

This project, which began in February, will use NCGR’s ISYS system to integrate crop breeding and crop performance information with molecular information available at public websites. NCGR will work with the CGIAR research centers to develop software tools to compare genomic maps of different species and integrate that information with information about pedigrees, molecular markers, and germplasm performance.

The third grant, for $191,000 and awarded by New Mexico State University, funds an eight-month project to enhance the PathDB metabolic pathways database and analytical tools. The project, which began in February, will include creating a PathDB mirror website at the National Biotechnology Information Facility located at the university as well as adapting the relational database management system to use Oracle software.

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