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Formed in February 2002, ABioNet is a non-profit, nongovernmental organisation that aims to help African scientists realise the scientific potential of recent advances in genomics in order to accelerate medical advances against infectious diseases. The organisation provides opportunities for cooperation and exchange between research groups across Africa specialising in all areas of computational biology. It also provides a forum for discussion, collaboration, exchange of ideas, and conference organisation.
APBioNet is a non-profit, nongovernmental organisation that focuses on the promotion of bioinformatics in the Asia Pacific region. Since 1998, it has helped develop a bioinformatics network infrastructure, facilitated the exchange of data and information, run training programs, workshops and symposia, and encouraged collaborations in the field of bioinformatics with an Asia Pacific focus.
The Beijing Genomics Institute is the largest non-profit genomics research institute in China. Founded in July 1999 by a group of overseas Chinese scientists, BGI has been growing rapidly with the support from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. China was the only developing country member of the International Human Genome Project Consortium, and BGI played a leading role in the sequencing of chromosome 3. [Click here for Chinese version.]
The Chinese National Human Genome Centre in Beijing was established in 1998 and played a key role in the Human Genome Project. It aims to strengthen international collaboration and attract more foreign researchers - especially overseas Chinese scientists - to genomic research in China, and has departments for genomic sequencing, disease genomics, functional genomic and bioinformatics. The Centre is supported by the national Ministry of Science and Technology, the municipal government and the Chinese Academy of Science.
The Council for Responsible Genetics, founded in 1983, is a US-based non-profit organisation of concerned citizens, including scientists, environmentalists, public health advocates, physicians, and lawyers. CRG advocates socially responsible use of new genetic technologies by encouraging informed public debate about their social, ethical, and environmental implications. While the news articles and some links to reports are freely available, several reports require payment. CRG also publishes a bimonthly magazine called 'GeneWatch'.
The US Department of Energy's genome site provides information about US involvement in the Human Genome Project (HGP). The website includes basic information about the HGP
, educational resources
and a section on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues
(ELSI), There is also information about the GTL
(formerly Genomes To Life) programme, which will explore practial applications of genomic information.
The Center for Genome Ethics, Law, & Policy - part of Duke University's Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy - was created to foster ethically responsible and socially beneficial uses of genome science, while addressing the complex ethical, legal, social and policy impacts of the genome revolution.
The European Bioinformatics Institute is a non-profit academic organisation that forms part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Its mission is to ensure that the growing body of information from molecular biology and genome research is placed in the public domain and is accessible freely to all facets of the scientific community in ways that promote scientific progress. The EBI is also a centre for research and services in bioinformatics, and manages databases of fully sequenced and published genomes.
EMBO is an academy of bioscientists in Europe. It provides fellowships, workshops and training, and participates in public dialogue activites. In 2001, the organistion established a world programme
, supporting workshops in non-European countries. EMBO publishes The EMBO Journal
and EMBO Reports
, and is the creator of E-BioSci
, a new electronic platform for linking genomic and other data with reasearch literature.
The journal Genome Biology is published by BioMedCentral, and offers free access to primary research articles and a preprint depository
to which authors may submit work for free distribution over the web. It aims to provide an international forum for the dissemination, discussion and critical review of information about all areas of biology informed by genomic research. As well as publishing primary research, the journal features regular systematic reviews, critical assessments, reports, research news and commentary.
The Genome News Network is published by The Center for the Advancement of Genomics, and aims to be a lively, trusted online magazine that covers important developments in genomics research around the world. It is updated on a fortnightly basis with news and feature stories about human medicine, agriculture, microbes, and biotechnology, among other current topics. The website also features a guide to sequenced genomes
and an interactive timeline
of key events in genetic research.
India's Institute of Bioinformatics is a not-for-profit organisation engaged in cutting-edge research into databases, computational genomics, proteomics and comparative genomics. Its initial goal is to create a freely available human Protein Reference Database using open source technologies and to experimentally verify predicted human genes using molecular biology and proteomics-based methods.
The Institute of genomics and Integrative Biology is a constituent laboratory of India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. It is engaged in various aspects of modern biotechnology with a special focus on functional genomics and genome informatics. Formerly the Centre for Biochemical Technology, the organiastion is evolving into an interdisciplinary institute comprising several networked laboratories.
The International HapMap Project is a partnership of scientists and funding agencies from Canada, China, Japan, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States to develop a public resource that will help researchers find genes associated with human disease and responses to drugs and environmental factors. The information produced by the Project will be made freely available.
International Rice Functional Genomics Consortium was formed in 2003 following publication of draft sequences of two rice subtypes by the International Rice Genome Sequencing Project. The Consortium will facilitate research in the post-sequencing "functional genomics" era. Objectives include establishing an integrated online network of rice functional genomics databases. The Consortium includes member institutes in China and India, as well as the International Rice Research Institute and the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture.
Genome Gateway is the journal's contribution to making genomic information freely accessible to the whole research community. It includes a library of original research papers
and Nature Genetics
, and a news service
. Additionally, a special section on the human genome
was added to mark publication of its initial sequencing and analysis.
PLoS Medicine is an open-access journal published by the nonprofit organisation Public Library of Science
. It publishes original research, reviews, and 'policy forum' pieces on a wide range of health science topics including malaria.
SANBI's role is to bring genome information, computational biology, and analytical tools to the South African research community, and to conduct genomic analysis relevant to South African health research and biotechnology. It aims to raise awareness of genome biology, develop analysis systems relevant to South Africa (for example, by providing web-based database tools), develop human resources in bioinformatics (particularly graduate students), and to conduct topical research.
The Structural Genomics Consortium is a not-for-profit company that aims to determine the three dimensional structures of proteins of medical relevance, and place them in the public domain without restriction. The project has over four hundred structures in its Protein Data Bank and operates from laboratories at the Universities of Toronto and Oxford. The Canadian and British sponsor the Consortium from both the public and private sectors, including the Wellcome Trust, GlaxoSmithKline and Genome Canada.
HUGO is a membership organiastion that aims to promote international discussion and collaboration on scientific issues and topics crucial to the progress of the worldwide human genome initiative. It promotes the scientific study of the human genome, and provides a global forum for addressing the scientific, medical, ethical, legal, social and commercial issues raised by the handling and use of genome knowledge.