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Genome of the Netherlands

The Dept of Genetics, UMCG, is the coordinator and host of the biggest genomics project in the Netherlands (500 TB data, 200,000 computing hours), together with LUMC, UMCU, EMC, VU and others. Its mission is to unravel the genetic variation found in the Dutch indigenous population. A detailed knowledge of this is not only interesting in itself, it will also help to extract biomedical information from Dutch biobanking analyses. The Dutch biobank collaboration, BBMRI-NL, has initiated the extensive Rainbow Project called “Genome of the Netherlands” (GoNL) because it offers unique opportunities for science and for the development of new medical treatments and diagnostic techniques. A close-up look at the DNA of 750 Dutch people (250 trio’s of two parents and an adult child) plus a global genetic profile of large numbers of Dutch individuals is disclosing a wealth of new information, new insights, and possible applications.

The Genome of the Netherlands is a consortium funded as part of the Netherlands Biobanking and Biomolecular Research Infrastructure (BBMRI-NL). The work is being led by Prof Cisca Wijmenga. All the sequencing work is being done by BGI Hong Kong. The project started at the end of 2010, and preliminary results have been published.

Selected publications

More papers from Genome of the Netherlands consortium

Genome of the Netherlands website