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NIH Renews Designation Of Baylor College Of Medicine Genome Center

December 7, 2011

The Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center has received a four-year, $85.2 million renewal award from the National Institutes of Health National Human Genome Research Institute.

Directed by Dr. Richard Gibbs, the Baylor Genome Sequencing Center seeks to advance the study of genomics and its use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Large-scale centers carry load

“NHGRI relies on the large-scale centers to be its sequencing production and intellectual powerhouses,” said Dr. Adam Felsenfeld, program director for NHGRI’s Genome Sequencing Program in the Division of Extramural Research. “They carried the heaviest workloads for NIH during the Human Genome Project, and they have become world leaders in genomics. We look forward to their continued contributions to increasing the value of genome sequencing for both biology and biomedicine.”

The renewal will fund new center-initiated genomic projects that will be chosen in collaboration with other designated centers, including the Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and experts at the NHGRI.

The BCM center was established in 1996 when the NHGRI designated it as one of six pilot programs for the final phases of the Human Genome Project.

In 1999, the BCM was chosen as one of three sites from the pilot program to complete the Human Genome Project.

Two new projects

In addition to announcing the renewal of the designation of the BCM genome center, the NHGRI announced funding for two new projects at BCM — a clinical sequencing center award and a center for the study of Mendelian disease, which is a collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.

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