[Bionews] OSDD Connect to Decode Programme is Open for Registrations

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Sat Nov 14 05:15:24 EST 2009

Dear Colleagues,

OSDD Launches the "Connect to Decode" 2010 Initiative to re-annotate
the Mycobacterium tuberculosis genome.

Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) Project in its quest towards
conquest of Tuberculosis, is launching a massive initiative to further
the understanding of the biology of the causative organism,
Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The objective is to accelerate the
discovery of novel drugs for TB, a disease neglected by Pharmaceutical
Though Mtb was sequenced a decade back, the standard databases have
not annotated in real biological processes, more than 1000 of the near
4000 genes encoded by the organism. This is symptomatic of the problem
of neglected diseases of the poor.

OSDD is taking up the challenge of annotating all possible genes in
Mtb and hopes that your Institution would join this massive effort.

The project requires a faculty coordinator and student contributors
from the college. For students this would be their summer project, the
successful completion of which would fetch them a certificate from the
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). All the projects
are managed by experts in the field. For the faculty coordinators, it
is an opportunity to interact with leading scientists working in this
field. Since the project has great significance in the conquest of TB,
we expect serious student involvement and competent faculty
monitoring. The best coordinators, student contributors and the best
college centers would receive awards. Prizes include Laptops, iPods,
holidays etc. The project is scheduled between December ‘09 and March
’10. The best students and faculty would be invited for an
international conference on TB in April ’10.

If interested, you are requested to go through the programme website
at https://sites.google.com/a/osdd.net/osdd-connect-2-decode-2010/home

Please feel free to spread the word and forward this to others who
might be interested in participating.

Dr Vinod Scaria
G N Ramachandran Knowledge Centre for Genome Informatics,
Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR),
Mall Road, Delhi 110 007, India
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