We propose to operate a state-of-the-art genome center to serve the scientific community. The Center will: (i) Have the flexible capability to produce a wide range of high-quality sequencing products - including whole-genome resequencing, whole-exome resequencing, de novo genome assembly, whole-transcriptome analysis, and epigenomic sequencing; (ii) Have the experience and ability to design, execute and analyze a wide range of scientific projects - including in medical genetics, cancer genomics, vertebrates genomics, microbial genomics and epigenomic analyses; (iii) Advance the state-of-the-art of sequencing - including by decreasing costs, developing new applications and pioneering new sequencing technologies;and (iv) Serve as a scientific resource for the biomedical community - including by creating and teaching courses, interacting with the research community to help with project design and working with the medical community to adapt protocols to clinical settings.
The Center's program will accelerate biomedical research, including through systematic identification of genes responsible for inherited diseases, genes recurrently mutated in cancer, functional elements encoded in the human genome, and microbes that interact with humans in health and disease. The knowledge will be made rapidly and freely available to the scientific community. It will provide a foundation for efforts to develop understand disease mechanisms and to develop approaches to prevention, diagnosis and therapy.
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