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  • Ian Pitchford
    Wellcome News Online Issue 26 Banking on success Central resources in functional genomics The availability of genome sequences will undoubtedly speed up
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      Wellcome News Online
      Issue 26

      Banking on success
      Central resources in functional genomics

      The availability of genome sequences will undoubtedly speed up biomedical
      research. In turn, other shared resources will help ensure best use is made of
      genome data.

      The decoding of what the press has dubbed the 'book of life' in the form of the
      human genome has certainly caught the public imagination, and the Wellcome
      Trust has played a pivotal role in supporting both the Human Genome Project and
      sequencing of other organisms. But what of the next step – working out what
      genes actually do? "It's not quite a needle in a haystack," says Alan Doyle, a
      Scientific Programme Manager in the Functional Genomics Programme, "but we do
      need to harness that huge wealth of genetic information to real therapeutic
      ends. That is where functional genomics come in."

      The Trust's Functional Genomics Development Initiative aims to promote the use
      of genome sequence information to improve human and animal health. "We want to
      see the Trust's heavy investment in sequencing translated into an understanding
      of what the genome is doing," says Dr Doyle, "and an understanding of how genes
      affect physiological actions, or pathogenic actions."

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