Canada is the latest in a series of countries that have established mirror sites of a comprehensive, US-based database of human gene mapping information.
Last month, Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children announced that it had launched the Canadian site of the Genome Database, currently located at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. "The Genome Database is an important resource for scientists working in the field of human genetics because it is a central repository of genetic information that can be accessed by researchers anywhere in the world," said Jamie Cuticchia, PhD, head of bioinformatics at the hospital. The new site will provide not only better access to the data for Canadian scientists, but also new opportunities for researchers to disseminate their data, Cuticchia noted. The database Web site address is http://gdb.sickkids.on.ca.
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