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U of Maryland receives $20 million to create national genome sequencing hub
July 2009
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BALTIMORE, Md.—The University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) has been awarded $20 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a Genomic Sequencing Center for Infectious Diseases. The contract, the largest the Institute for Genome Sciences has earned since its founding two years ago, makes IGS a national hub for genetic information on infectious disease. The Institute will use the funding to sequence and analyze the genomes of infectious organisms such as agents of bioterrorism and new or emerging diseases. Emerging diseases are defined as infections that cause a sudden outbreak, such as the 2009 H1N1 flu, SARS or foodborne illnesses. The contract encourages collaboration between the IGS and outside clinicians or other scientists who have unusual or significant pathogen samples they would like to see sequenced and analyzed. The contract will cover the cost of the sequencing and analysis at the IGS, and create a library of such information for sharing with researchers throughout the country.

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