大矢前会長を通して、Prof. J. Michael Cherry （Stanford大）より、酵母遺伝学フォーラムに、以下のメールが配信されて参りました。
それによりますと、National Human Genome Research Instituteは今後、ゲノムデータベースの予算削減を計画しているようで、酵母研究者にとって深刻な影響をもたらすことは間違いありません。SGDからも、これに対する反対署名の依頼が届いております。
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I am writing to alert you to an important issue concerning the future of Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD), but also all of the model organism databases (MODs). The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), which funds several of the MODs and the Gene Ontology (GO) Consortium, has announced there will be decreased funding for these resources over the next few years. A news article was published in Nature on Tuesday that reports on these changes, http://www.nature.com/news/1.20134. A similar article was previously published in Science http://science.sciencemag.org/content/351/6268/14.long. NHGRI has stated the funding for the yeast, worm, fly, zebrafish, and mouse MODs, plus the GO Consortium, will be decreased by 30% over the next few years.
The NHGRI has recently put forth a requirement that the MODs integrate in order to be able to receive any funding. The initial requirement is to create a shared website and database, the use of common tools, and software. While this sharing has begun, the situation regarding long-term support of biomedical resources, and SGD in particular, is unclear. Current funding is down from previous years, and NHGRI's plan is to continue this decrease with each subsequent year.
A group of leaders from the model organism research community has prepared a letter to NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins. In the letter, they strongly advocate for the maintenance of shared tools and infrastructure, but also stress the importance of the continued existence of independent community-focused resources. A prominent assemblage of signatories, including Nobel laureates, heads of scientific societies, and National Academy members have already endorsed this initiative. We hope to gather thousands of additional signatures and present the letter to Dr. Collins at The Allied Genome Conference (TAGC) in Orlando in mid-July. The letter can be easily signed on the website created by our partners at the Genetics Society of America (GSA), with your name and just two short questions about your location. These questions simply allow us to collate signatory numbers should NIH request a breakdown along these lines.
The Genetics Society of America website where the letter can be viewed and signed is at http://www.genetics-gsa.org/MODsupport.
Your signature on the letter is telling the NIH that researchers need resources for their daily professional activities. Biomedical researchers use MOD websites, tools, and expertly integrated information to be more productive in the design and analysis of their experimental work. Resources that curate literature provide a service that saves students, teachers, and researchers countless hours of tracing down information -- hours that can be better spent doing the actual research. Simply said, biomedical resources aid the research conducted by the billions of dollars spent by NIH and others. We can use this letter to make the point to funding agencies around the world that biomedical resources need their active support.
I urge you to forward this email to the trainees in your lab, as we aim to collect signatures from all MOD users who concur (for the question about NIH support, we can consider those who work in an NIH-funded lab to be NIH-supported). Finally, we encourage you to spread the word through your colleagues and via social media. We have every hope that a strong show of support, via an outpouring of signatures, will help shape the NIH plan to preserve the MOD features that are most important to our collective research enterprise.
J. Michael Cherry, Ph.D.
Department of Genetics, MC-5477
[ 16.07.05 ]