The Influenza Genome Sequencing Project, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced today that it has achieved a major milestone. The entire genetic blueprints of more than 2,000 human and avian influenza viruses taken from samples around the world have been completed and the sequence data made available in a public database.
The Influenza Genome Sequencing Project, initiated in 2004, has been carried out at the NIAID-funded Microbial Sequencing Center managed by The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) of Rockville, Maryland. Recently, growing sequencing capacity has enabled the production rate to increase to more than 200 viral genomes per month. Eclipsing todayís milestone of 2,000 genomes, the microbial sequencing center will continue to rapidly sequence more influenza strains and isolates and will make all the sequence data freely available to the scientific community and the public through GenBank, an Internet-accessible database of genetic sequences maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at NIHís National Library of Medicine, another major contributor to the project.
More information about the Influenza Genome Sequencing Project and access to the influenza virus sequence data is available at
* NIAIDís Influenza Genome Sequencing Project: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/dmid/genomes/mscs/influenza.htm
* TIGRís Influenza Virus Genome Project: http://msc.tigr.org/infl_a_virus/index.shtml
* GenBank: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Genbank/
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Jason Socrates Bardi
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