International Genomics Project Recognized At 2016 Eureka Awards

The FATHOM5 project, which involves the large scale genomic sequencing of human cells, was recently announced a winner at Australia’s Eureka Awards.

AsianScientist (Sep. 9, 2016) – A major international project, led by Professor Alistair Forrest from the University of Western Australia and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, has been announced a winner at the 2016 Eureka Awards.

The Eureka Awards is a partnership between government organizations, institutions, companies and individuals committed to celebrating Australian science. It is presented annually by the Australian Museum.

The FANTOM5 project, which was started at Japan’s RIKEN research institute and includes 260 specialists from 20 countries, was awarded the 2016 Eureka Scopus Eureka Prize for Excellence in International Scientific Collaboration.

According to Forrest, the project involves mapping the sets of genes expressed in cells and is being used to interpret genetic diseases and engineer new cells for therapeutic use.


Source: University of Western Australia.
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