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Decoding Human Genes is Goal of New Open-Source Encyclopedia

Apr 26, 2011, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Ross Hardison, the T. Ming Chu professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State and one of the principal investigators of the ENCODE Project team, explained that the philosophy behind the project is one of scientific openness, transparency and collaboration across subdisciplines. ENCODE comes on the heels of the now-complete Human Genome Project — a 13-year effort aimed at identifying all the approximately 20,000 to 25,000 genes in human DNA — which also was based on the belief in open-source data sharing to further scientific discovery and public understanding of science. The ENCODE Project has accomplished this goal by publishing its database at http://genome.ucsc.edu/ENCODE, and by posting tools to facilitate data use at http://encodeproject.org."

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