Release Date:  August 12, 1999

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
(NIAMS) recognizes the potential usefulness that genotyping plays in many
research protocols and encourages this approach where appropriate.  The NIAMS
wishes, however, to emphasize to the research community that resources and
facilities for high throughput genotyping are currently available nationally
and that it may be more efficient (both fiscally and procedurally) to utilize
these than to propose establishing such a facility at each research
institution.  The NIAMS will therefore take into account when making funding
decisions whether the use of a national rather than local facility has been
requested, and view the use of national facilities favorably.

One example of such a national resource is the Center for Inherited Disease
Research (CIDR).  CIDR has been established as a resource to provide, on a
fee-for-service basis, high throughput genotyping services to research efforts
that are attempting to identify genetic loci and allelic variants involved in
multifactorial human disease.  Information about this facility can be located

Another national facility is the NHLBI Mammalian Genotyping Service (MGS)
located at the Marshfield Medical Research Foundation.  This facility provides
high throughput genotyping services to support genetic studies aimed at
identifying genes in all disease areas and provides gene mapping for human,
mouse and rat studies.  Further information about this facility can found at:


Inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to one of the Institute
program directors, according to scientific area:  A list of program staff can
be located at:

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