Bethesda, Md.--The National Human Genome Research Institute is seeking to establish a mouse genome sequencing network that will support mapping and sequencing the mouse genome. Late last month, the institute published a request for applications entitled "Network for Large-Scale Sequencing of the Mouse Genome." The network will generate the necessary mapping resources and begin production of a working draft of the DNA sequence of the mouse genome, the institute said.
Applications for both pilot sequencing in new groups and expansion of the capacity of existing sequencing centers are being encouraged. The long-term goal of the network will be to complete a high-quality DNA sequence of the mouse genome in cooperation with the international mouse research community. A total of $21 million per year is available for funding through grants ranging from one to three years. Additional information is available at http://www.nih. gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-99-001.html.