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UK to Support Bioinformatics, Bioscience Community Resources

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council will grant a total of around £6.5 million ($10.6 million) to between 10 and 12 programs to establish, support, and maintain bioinformatics and other bioscience resources.

The Bioinformatics and Biological Resources fund is aimed at supporting high-quality resource infrastructure on which modern bioscience depends.

The BBSRC said that bioinformatics resources must support data sharing; analysis of complex datasets; open-access software suites for bioscientists; culture and germplasm collections; mutant libraries; and genetic libraries.

The funding should support community-based resources that are able to apply for and receive sustained funding, and which can follow appropriate management and quality control policies. The grants also may go to resources that have been established as community resources for a fixed term and which now require more sustainable funding.

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