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Va. Tech, Research Group to Team Up

By Michael Rosenwald
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 8, 2004; Page E05

Virginia Tech and the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) of Rockville have agreed to jointly pursue scientific research and federal funding in genomics, human health, agriculture, veterinary medicine and biodefense.

An agreement to be announced today calls for the organizations to share facilities and adjunct faculty appointments. There are no plans to commercialize any of the research, but officials from TIGR and Virginia Tech said that is possible in the future.

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TIGR is headed by Claire M. Fraser, a genetic scientist, and is chaired by her husband J. Craig Venter, who was credited with mapping the human genome.

"TIGR is one the best sequencing and gene-finding research groups in the world, and Virginia Tech has assets that can help them move to the next level," said Bradley Fenwick, vice president for research at Virginia Tech. "As a comprehensive research university, we have scientists that TIGR doesn't have," including in agriculture, veterinary medicine and computational science.

A statement issued by the partnership quoted Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) as saying: "The Virginia Tech-TIGR agreement supports this administration's strategy to build the biotechnology infrastructure in Virginia."

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