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The sequencing of the human genome and many other genomes heralded a new age in human biology, offering unprecedented opportunities to improve human health and to stimulate industrial and economic activity. The global understanding of the complete function of approximately 22 000 human genes constitutes a major challenge for understanding normal and pathological situations. To tackle this challenge, the European Commission made fundamental genomics research a priority in the Sixth Framework Programme for RTD (FP6) (2002-2006).
The European Commission has allocated approximately EUR 594 million in FP6 to fundamental genomics research activities with the overall aim of fostering the basic understanding of genomic information by developing the knowledge base, tools and resources needed to decipher the function of genes and gene products relevant to human health, and to explore their interactions with each other and with their environment.
The present publication provides a brief description of the goals, expected results, achievements and expected impact of all the projects supported during FP6 in the fundamental genomics priority area in the following scientific sub-areas: the development of tools and technologies for functional genomics; regulation of gene expression; structural genomics and proteomics; comparative genomics and model organisms; population genetics and biobanks; bioinformatics; multidisciplinary fundamental genomics research for understanding basic biological processes in health and disease; and the emerging area of systems biology.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23132 EN (2008), 508 pp. Euro: 40
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-23132-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-08004-3
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