Biological data are scattered across thousands of biological databases and hundreds of scientific journals. Current high throughput genomics technologies generate large quantities of high dimensional data. Microarray, NMR, mass spectrometry, protein chips, gel electrophoresis data, Yeast-Two-Hybrid, QTL mapping, gene silencing, and knockout experiments are all examples of technologies that capture thousands of data points, often in single experiments. The challenge is to capture, model, integrate, and analyse these data in a consistent way to provide new and deeper insights into complex biological systems.
The Groningen bioinformatics Center (GBIC) and the Genomics Coordination Center (GCC) are two Groningen centers that provide support to these processes.
The Groningen Coordination Center (head: Prof. Dr. R.C. Jansen) is a joint initiative of the University of Groningen and the UMCG. It has a bi- location. One part is located at the Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences) and the other part at the Department of Medical Genetics (UMCG). Access to bioinformatics databases and various educational activities have been implemented during the past years. More Information can be found on the GBIC website.
The UMCG- Genomics Coordination Center (Head: Dr. M.A. Swertz) is the contact for genomics databases and analysis tools, courses and workshops. Access to these services can be found on the GCC website.