History the E. coli Genome Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Celebrating 25 Years!

    On January 16, 1997, we deposited the complete 4,639,221 bp genome sequence of Escherichia coli K-12 MG1655 in GenBank. This year, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of that achievement, I will be putting together some history of the project. It may remain on this site, or become a separate site of its own.

    The sequencing project, under the direction of Frederick R. Blattner, was supported by NIH grants HG00301 and HG01428. We benefitted greatly from members of the international E. coli community sharing data and useful discussions, and appreciated the contributions of many collaborators. But as an initial step we want to acknowledge our team -- not just the scientists and technicians, but all the University of Wisconsin undergraduates, summer interns, and cooperating graduate students from other departments. I therefor present a list of the folks in the Blattner lab without whom there would have been no sequence to deposit.

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