"Researchers on a hunt for the causes of obesity are looking for clues in the genetic makeup of 3,000 inhabitants of the Micronesian island of Kosrae in the western Pacific.
Gene hunters from Rockefeller University announced Monday that they will use gene chips developed by Affymetrix in Santa Clara to look through hundreds of thousands of variations in the genetic code of the Kosrae population to discover why most of them are seriously overweight -- and why others on the island are not."
Sunday Tasmanian Tassie DNA rights shock
"AN INTERSTATE biotech company owns intellectual property rights in research from DNA donated by Tasmanians.
The IP deal was behind the collapse of the original $20 million Intelligent Island Bioinformatics Centre for Excellence.
The bioinformatics centre was going to have to pay to use the information."redux [03.10.03]
Salon National Genes, Inc.
"The newest resources "discovered" in Estonia are the genes of its 1.4 million citizens. The country's government and a Silicon Valley start-up called EGeen International are treating the Estonian gene pool as a commodity to be exploited for medical research and profit.
EGeen owns the exclusive commercial rights to data from the Estonian Gene Bank Project. In March the bank will begin a full-scale effort to collect blood samples and medical histories that will help scientists understand Estonians from the inside out."redux [02.17.01]
The Scientist Gene Pool Expeditions
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"A good gene pool, like love, is where you find it. Now genomics researchers have two new ones to swoon over: one from Estonia, a crossroads of Scandinavian cultures and the northernmost of the former Soviet Union's Baltic republics; and from Tonga, an island kingdom half a world away where a Polynesian people has lived in near-perfect isolation for close to 3,500 years. Tonga and Estonia laid final plans last November and December, respectively, for national gene pool exploration programs aimed at discovering disease-associated genes and developing therapies based on the discoveries.
They follow the trail blazed by Iceland, where for several years the gene pool of 275,000 Icelanders has been the fishing preserve of Reykjavik-based deCODE Genetics which is hunting for gene variants that affect serious, often chronic diseases by finding statistical links between Icelanders' genotypes and their inherited illnesses."
“Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.”BIOINFORMATICS IN THE 21st CENTURY
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