WASHINGTON--The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), a not-for-profit research organization, has elected to end a five-year relationship with Human Genome Sciences Inc. in order to publish its research information freely. The decision means TIGR will forego $38.2 million that Human Genome would have paid it for the right to study future research results before they were made public.
In exchange, TIGR is free to publish the information more quickly and to pursue other funding options. The day after the announcement was made, TIGR posted data on more than 20,000 genes from 11 species of microbes on the internet. TIGR is one of six institutes participating in the Human Genome Project.