RFAs for the modENCODE Consortium announced

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) plans to initiate a model organism ENCODE (modENCODE) Project that will try to identify all of the sequence-based functional elements in the Caenorhabditis elegans and/or Drosophila melanogaster genomes. The project will be run as a Research Network called the modENCODE Consortium which is supported by two RFAs. The first RFA (RFA-HG-06-006) solicits applications for a set of projects that will conduct experiments to identify functional elements in the target genomes and the second RFA (RFA-HG-06-007) solicits applications to participate in the Research Network as a Data Coordination Center. Both experimental and computational approaches will be part of modENCODE and the project will be associated with, but separate from, the human ENCODE (ENCyclopedia of DNA Elements) Project that was launched by NHGRI in 2003. Questions about the modENCODE Project should be directed to either Elise Feingold or Peter Good at ENCODE@mail.nih.gov

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