Sanger Institute

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The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (formerly the Sanger Centre) is a genome research centre in the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire, England. It was set up in 1992 by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council, the purpose of which is stated as "to further our knowledge of genomes, and in particular to play a substantial role in the sequencing and interpretation of the human genome. This information will underpin research on human biology and disease in this century and beyond"[1] and was named after the double Nobel Laureate biochemist Frederick Sanger. The Nobel Laureate John Sulston acted as director of the institute upon its inception until 2000.

Besides its involvement in a large number of genome sequencing projects, the institute hosts many different (large-scale) research projects and is regarded as a key player in the international research community.[citation needed]

The projects include:

  • Human Genome Project[2]
  • Cancer Genome Project[3]
  • Genes to Cognition Project[4]
  • Ensembl The Ensembl Genome Browser
  • Pathogen Sequencing
  • Pfam[5] and Rfam[6]

PhD students trained at the institute are registered at the University of Cambridge.


  1. ^ "Sanger Institute - General Information". Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Retrieved on 2008-06-24.
  2. ^ "Human Genome Project". Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Retrieved on 2008-06-24.
  3. ^ "Cancer Genome Project". Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Retrieved on 2008-06-24.
  4. ^ "G2C::Consortium". Genes to Cognition. Retrieved on 2008-06-24.
  5. ^ Finn RD, Tate J, Mistry J, Coggill PC, Sammut SJ, Hotz HR, Ceric G, Forslund K, Eddy SR, Sonnhammer EL, Bateman A (2008). "The Pfam protein families database.". Nucleic Acids Res 36 (Database issue): D281-8. PMID 18039703. 
  6. ^ Gardner PP, Daub J, Tate JG, Nawrocki EP, Kolbe DL, Lindgreen S, Wilkinson AC, Finn RD, Griffiths-Jones S, Eddy SR, Bateman A (2008). "Rfam: updates to the RNA families database.". Nucleic Acids Res. PMID 18953034. 

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