Both U.S. agencies involved in the Human Genome Project, the National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR) and the Department of Energy (DOE), participate in the support of the international single chromosome workshop (SCW) program. The primary purpose of the workshops has been the assembly of state-of-the-art consensus maps of individual chromosomes.
The SCW program was established for a specific purpose, namely to address the need for investigators to come together to work toward meeting the mapping goals of the HGP. Progress toward these goals has been rapid. The initial goal of a 2-5 cM human genetic linkage map has been reached and rapid progress is being made on the physical maps of human chromosomes through both individual chromosome and genome-wide efforts. In light of this progress, the NCHGR and DOE have considered whether there is a continued need for SCWs and have made the following changes to their policy for the support of the workshops:
For further information, please contact:
Elise A. Feingold, Ph.D.
Mapping Technology Branch
National Center for Human Genome Research
Daniel Drell, Ph.D.
Biologist, Human Genome Program
Office of Health and Environmental Research
U.S. Department of Energy