Satellite Banner
Scientific Communities
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article

Sigma Life Science Collaborates with Cofactor Genomics to Develop Publically Available Rat Genome Database

Published: Thursday, February 03, 2011
Last Updated: Thursday, February 03, 2011
Bookmark and Share
Sigma Life Science announces that its SAGE Labs initiative has partnered with Cofactor Genomics in an effort to sequence genomes for six of the most widely used strains of rat. Cofactor Genomics plans to generate and analyze sequence data using next generation sequencing systems, while SAGE Labs plans to provide the samples and to host a new, free public database at in late 2011.

Currently, the Brown Norway is the only rat strain with a high quality draft sequence available.  It was completed by the Rat Genome Consortium in 2004 with funding from the NIH.  The draft sequence showed the rat shares nearly every gene implicated in human disease.  However, since then, little work has been done, with the last update occurring in November of 2004.

The additional genome sequence provided by SAGE Labs and Cofactor Genomics should enable SAGE Labs to create improved models of human disease for the research community, while helping researchers to better pinpoint the crucial areas of biological difference between rats and humans.  The creation of a new, public rat strain database could provide a quantum leap forward for better understanding the genetic basis of disease in humans.

Dr Edward Weinstein, Director of SAGE Labs at Sigma Life Science, said, "With the costs of whole genome sequencing rapidly coming down, it is now far more feasible to understand the genomes of the most widely used model organisms such as the rat.  Sigma Life Science and its SAGE Labs initiative plan to lead the way in revealing these new genomes and making the information publically available.”

“This project and collaboration leverages Cofactor’s experimental design and analysis expertise to develop a global resource aimed at scientific discovery,” said Jon Armstrong, Chief Operating Officer of Cofactor Genomics.

Further Information
Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 2,600+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More Than 3,800+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters

Sign In

Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Related Content

Sigma-Aldrich Stockholders Approve Merck Acquisition
The transaction, expected to close mid-2015, remains subject to the satisfaction of the closing conditions set forth in the merger agreement, including regulatory approvals.
Monday, December 08, 2014
SAFC Expands Continuous Flow Capabilities
Sigma-Aldrich custom manufacturing services business unit, SAFC® Commercial, has installed a new commercial-scale continuous flow reactor at its Sheboygan, WI facility.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Sigma-Aldrich® Partners with Scripps Research Institute
The agreement marks first partnership of its kind between a research institution and reagents company.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Sigma Life Science to Distribute Olink Bioscience's Protein-Protein Interaction Assay
The products complement Sigma's antibody, RNAi and gene editing technologies.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Sigma-Aldrich Completes Acquisition of BioReliance
Sigma-Aldrich Corporation completes its acquisition of BioReliance Holdings, Inc. for $350 million in cash.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Sigma® Life Science Awarded Silver in Top Ten Innovations 2010
Company’s CompoZr® cell lines ranked second as The Scientist magazine unveils this year’s best life science innovations.
Monday, December 06, 2010
Plasticell Signs Technology Agreement with Sigma-Aldrich
Collaboration to produce novel turnkey solution for stem cell research.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sigma® Life Science Enters Genetically Modified Cell Market
Sigma Life Science launches range of engineered cell lines exploiting CompoZr® zinc finger nuclease technology.
Monday, September 06, 2010
Sigma® Life Science and Switchgear Genomics to Co-Develop Simplified Novel MicroRNA Target Validation System
SwitchGear Genomics and Sigma’s lentiviral technology combined to simplify miRNA target validation, enabling researchers to investigate gene regulation.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Sigma-Aldrich Licenses from NeuroSurvival Technologies a Marker for Molecular Imaging of Apoptosis in Vivo
The marker, Apo-TRACE™, offers a breakthrough in advancing apoptosis-related research in a range of fields in biology and medicine.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Sigma-Aldrich Grants Pfizer Non-Exclusive Worldwide License to Use ddRNAi in Research Programs
The license enables Pfizer to undertake research activities throughout its global operations using ddRNAi technology.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Sigma-Proligo Expands into Genopole® d'Evry Biopark
Sigma-Proligo provides researchers with high-quality oligonucleotides due to a high throughput synthesis platform.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Sigma-Aldrich Announces Service Provider for WGA Technology
Sigma announces MOgene as its first service provider of the GenomePlex® Whole Genome Amplification technology.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Sigma-Aldrich Sponsors Full-Text Article on High Content Viral Library Screens
The authors reported the creation of a lentiviral shRNA library to knock down genes for genome-wide screening.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Scientists Publish Results on Sigma-Aldrich's shRNA Library in Cell
The publication reported the creation of a lentiviral shRNA library to knock down genes for genome-wide screening.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Scientific News
13 Ways to Stop an Unseen Force from Disrupting Weighing
Download a free Mettler Toledo paper to discover how to halt static’s negative effects before the next weigh-in.
Flinders Ig Nobel Winner Cracks Global Anaesthetic
One of the world’s most in-demand anaesthetics can now be produced on the spot, thanks to the thermos-flask sized device that recently won Flinders University inventor Professor Colin Raston an Ig Nobel prize.
Resurrected Proteins Double Their Natural Activity
Researchers demonstrate method for reviving denatured proteins.
Genes That Protect African Children From Developing Malaria Identified
Variations in DNA at a specific location on the genome that protect African children from developing severe malaria, in some cases nearly halving a child’s chance of developing the life-threatening disease, have been identified in the largest genetic association study of malaria to date.
Messing With The Monsoon
Manmade aerosols can alter rainfall in the world’s most populous region.
Potential Target for Treatment of Autism
Grant of $2.4 million will support further research.
Scientists Decode Structure at Root of Muscular Disease
Researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have unlocked the structural details of a protein seen as key to treating a neuromuscular disease.
Sniffing Out Cancer
Scientists have been exploring new ways to “smell” signs of cancer by analyzing what’s in patients’ breath.
New Test Detects All Viruses
A new test detects virtually any virus that infects people and animals, according to research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where the technology was developed.
Inroads Against Leukemia
Potential for halting disease in molecule isolated from sea sponges.
Scroll Up
Scroll Down
Skyscraper Banner

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
2,600+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
3,800+ scientific videos