Announcement from May, 2014. National Platform for Undergraduate Genome Analysis, IMG-ACT, is Now Reorganized as GENI-ACT.
IMG-ACT (Integrated Microbial Genomes - Annotation Collaboration Toolkit) will no longer be in operation as of June 1, 2014 (current users will have access until July 1, 2014 to download student notebooks). GENI-ACT (Genomics Education National Initiative - Annotation Collaboration Toolkit). GENI-ACT represents an updated and independent version of IMG-ACT, with new features added through a collaboration with the successful GENI collaboration platform. Previous users of IMG-ACT are encouraged to transition over to GENI-ACT.
The purpose of the Microbial Genome Annotation Network (MGAN) is to promote and provide training in the use of the online bioinformatics platform called GENI-ACT.
The Microbial Genome Annotation Network (MGAN) is collaborating with the Genomics Education National Initiative (GENI), Dr. Cheryl Kerfeld (University of California – Berkley, CA) and Dr. Roy Welch (Syracuse University, NY) to provide authentic and inexpensive research opportunities to high school and undergraduate students in the field of microbial genome analysis. The available technology includes: 1) an online bioinformatics toolkit called GENI-ACT that consolidates publically available bioinformatics tools into a single platform, and 2) an online collaboration tool called GENI that provides wet-lab resources (e.g., bacterial strains, primers and plasmids) for functional genomics studies. With funding from NSF, MGAN provides workshops in the use of GENI-ACT.