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In the past two months we have had the opportunity to speak with Patrick Willems of GENDIA several times regarding the proposed mutaDATABASE project. We commend Patrick for the energy and vigour with which he is approaching the challenges that the Human Variome Project was created to address. The mutaDATABASE project is an ambitious undertaking that would eventually see a locus specific database in operation for every human gene. Obviously, this is a goal that is shared by the Human Variome Project.

However, there exists a substantial amount of overlap between aspects of the mutaDATABASE project and several other initiatives being run or facilitated by the Human Variome Project, the Human Genome Variation Society and GEN2PHEN. As one of the core values of the Human Variome Project is “efficiency” we strongly urge all of these overlapping initiatives to combine their efforts to minimise wasteful duplication of effort. The upcoming Human Variome Project meeting (http://www.humanvariomeproject.org/meetings/paris/) would be an ideal opportunity for a substantial discussion on these issues.

The Human Variome Project strongly supports all efforts to reduce the amount and severity of the burden of genetic disease on Human Society and actively encourages all projects designed with this objective in mind. It is only through working together, as a consortium, as a discipline, and as a planet, that we will accomplish our goals and alleviate some of the worst of human suffering.

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