$1.4 million grant backs further study of chicken genome

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$1.4 million grant backs further study of chicken genome

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Oct 09, 2008
By dvm360.com staff
Starkville, Miss. -- Dr. Shane Burgess, a basic-sciences associate professor with Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, along with Drs. Fiona McCarthy and Susan Bridges, received a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue work annotating the chicken genome.

McCarthy is a basic sciences assistant research professor with the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Bridges is an MSU computer-science professor and CVM adjunct professor.

To receive an NIH grant, a project must have a direct relationship to human health.

The scientists already have used data gathered from the chicken to fix problems in the human genome and identify new human genes. The next stop is to assign standardized gene names to all 25,000 genes in the chicken genome that match the equivalent name in the human. This will allow researchers to use the chicken to help solve human-health problems.