After laying off about a third of its staff two weeks ago amid a funding crunch (see In Sequence 6/19/2007), the National Center for Genome Resources is gearing up its new sequencing facility, which it hopes will land it more projects and help it develop new software.
 
“Our assessment was that we needed science-driven proposals instead of software-driven proposals, where the software [would be the] support, not be the cornerstone,” said Bill Beavis, the center’s exiting chief scientific officer.

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