Insect genome sequence data provide enormous insights into insect biology. Genetic technologies that enable genomes to be manipulated are critical for gaining a deep understanding of how genomes function.
On April 1, 2014 a five-year National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network focusing on Insect Genetic Technologies was begun. The public face and organizational node of the Insect Genetic Technology Research Coordination Network (IGTRCN) is the network’s recently launched website – www.igtrcn.org.
The IGTRCN’s goal is to connect research communities working on insects that have an abundance of genetic technologies and technical knowledge with others who have fewer technologies and less experience.
The IGTRCN will leverage the abundance of knowledge and technology already available against the needs of researchers working on insect systems with genome sequence data but few functional genomic technologies.
The IGTRCN will organize symposia, offer laboratory-based technical workshops, and fund peer-to-peer training fellowships, all of which are intended to enhance research capacity and encourage collaboration.
Reed’s law asserts that the utility of large networks, particularly social networks, can scale exponentially with the size of the network. This is an exciting project that has the potential to significantly contribute to the study of insects.
This is an open network and students, postdocs, research associates, technicians, researchers and faculty at all career stages are welcome to become affiliated with the IGTRCN.
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