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modENCODE: Functional Elements of Model Organism Genomes
March 2006

The Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Project for the Human genome was launched by NHGRI in 2003 with the long-term goal to identify all of the sequence-based functional elements in the human genome.

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) plans for a model organism ENCODE (modENCODE) Project that will attempt to identify all 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-HG-06-006) solicits applications for a set of projects that will conduct experiments to identify functional elements in the target genomes. The second (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 the human ENCODE project.

Note: DroSpeGe's Don Gilbert has relevant expertise and interest in collaborating or consulting with others on the data coordination center for the model organism ENCODE project. If interested, please contact me at gilbertd@indiana.edu

Developed at the Genome Informatics Lab of Indiana University Biology Department