Recognizing genome research as a key technology for the next century, the Deutsch Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has called on public and private sector scientists to create a national genome initiative in Germany.
A recent statement from the DFG, which is Germany's central public funding organization for academic research, recommended that funding for genome research be increased by 1 billion German marks over the next 5 years. Furthermore, the statement recommended that 40% of funding be devoted to research on the human genome and model organisms, 20% to plant genome research, and another 20% toward studying microorganism genomes. Bioinformatics and other related technologies should capture the remainder, according to the statement.
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