News Release Archives 2001

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


News Release Archives

2001

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Conference Examines Impact Of Human Genome Project In Minority Communities
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will co-sponsor "The Human Genome Project Conference: The Challenges and Impact of Human Genome Research for Minority Communities," Nov. 9 - 11, 2001. The conference will inform the public, students and healthcare providers in minority communities about the scientific advances and the ethical, legal and societal impact of the Human Genome Project.

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October

New Process to Prioritize Animal Genomes For Cloning and Sequencing
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has announced a pair of new processes that it will use to choose the genomes of additional animals for cloning and sequencing.

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September

NHGRI Announces Initial CEGS Awards
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) plans to establish a total of about 10 CEGS, at a rate of three to four grants per year during a three-year period. The first three CEGS grants were awarded in September 2001, to groups at the University of Washington and at Yale University.

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May

Gene Chips Accurately Diagnose Four Complex Childhood Cancers
Scientists at the National Human Genome Research Institute and Lund University in Sweden have developed a method of genetic fingerprinting that can tell the difference between several closely related types of childhood cancer.

Mouse Sequencing Consortium Completes Program To Accelerate Availability of Mouse Genome Data
The Mouse Sequencing Consortium (MSC), an international public-private effort to accelerate the sequencing of the mouse genome, announced today it has achieved its goal to generate three-fold coverage of the mouse DNA sequence.

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March

Scientists Find New Tumor Suppressor Gene Involved in Breast, Prostate and Other Cancers
Scientists at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas have found a novel tumor suppressor gene on human chromosome 7 that appears to be involved in a wide range of cancers. Tumor suppressor genes play a key role in the regulation of cell growth. Scientists have known for about 15 years that when a tumor suppressor gene is inactivated, the cells it affects grow out of control and become cancerous.

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February

NIH Expands Program to Sequence Rat Genome: New Grants Awarded to Baylor College of Medicine and Celera Genomics
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) today announced awards totaling $58 million to expand the National Institutes of Health (NIH) program to determine the DNA sequence of the genome of the laboratory rat, a key experimental animal for many areas of biomedical research. The two new grants, to the Baylor College of Medicine and Celera Genomics Group of Applera Corporation, will greatly accelerate the ongoing program to decode the rat genome.

NHGRI Researchers Develop Gene Test That Differentiates Breast Cancer Types
According to their report in the current issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a new genetic test that, for the first time, can easily distinguish between hereditary and sporadic forms of breast cancer.

Mouse Genome Data Available in Public Databases
A public-private effort to accelerate the sequencing of the mouse genome has exceeded its own goal of achieving 66 percent coverage of the genome just three months into the six-month project. At its current pace, the Mouse Sequencing Consortium (MSC) expects to reach its target of three-fold coverage by April of this year.

International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium Publishes Sequence and Analysis of the Human Genome
The international genome consortium published a series of scientific papers in the Feb. 15, 2001 issue of Nature magazine. The analysis described in the papers reveal, for the first time, surprising new details about how the human genome is organized and how it evolved. For example, the genome only contains 30,000 to 40,000 genes, far fewer than the 100,000 estimate used for most of the last decade. The analysis also reveals information about the evolution of humans, the surprising observation that some human genes appear to have come directly from bacteria and information about the mutation rate in males verses females.

Bringing the Human Genome Project into the Classroom
The Human Genome Project (HGP) has created a free multimedia kit to serve as an educational tool for high school students and the general public. The kit, entitled The Human Genome Project: Exploring our Molecular Selves, includes a multimedia CD-ROM; an award-winning video documentary, The Secret of Our Lives; a commemorative wall poster; and an informational brochure, Genetics: The Future of Medicine.

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January

"A Decade of ELSI Research" Conference
The Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Programs of the National Human Genome Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy sponsored a conference to reflect on the past, present, and future of ELSI research to consider its impact on genetic research, health and public policy.

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Last Updated: January 12, 2012