November 1, 2007 (Vol. 27, No. 19)
Strong Points: Broad coverage
Weak Points: Nothing significant
As indicated by the spelling of the word ‘center’ in the title, this is a non-USA site. Hosted in Canada by The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG—cool acronym, by the way), TCAG provides infrastructure for Genomic Research for researchers in academia, government, and private industry. TCAG provides support to numerous international research initiatives ranging from wet-lab experiments to statistical analysis, bioinformatics, genomic comparisons, databases curation, and even tool development. Databases hosted by the group include the Autism Chromosome Rearrangement Database, the Cystic Fibrosis Mutation Database, and the Lafora Progressive Myoclonus Epilepsy Mutation and Polymorphism Database. Looking through the offerings, it is a bit humbling to recognize that the only difference between me and a person with the life-shortening disease of cystic fibrosis is a few base pairs. Miscellaneous information available at the site includes career-related material, external links, and news summaries.