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Graduate student Jim Kent creates a new web-based human genome viewing tool

Wednesday, September 6, 2000

Jim Kent, a biology graduate student working with computer science professor David Haussler at UCSC, has developed a new web-based tool for viewing the human genome sequence. This genome browser allows researchers to look at any segment of interest in the context of its exact location in the genome.

The human genome browser integrates a wealth of data that has amassed since the Human Genome Project began in 1990. Serving as an interface between GenBank, the primary human sequence repository, and the working draft of the human genome, the browser searches the most recently assembled version of the human genome for human mRNA, EST, genomic sequence, or contigs (entered as GenBank accession numbers).