News from CRG and the UPF
Spain will become a full member of ELIXIR, the European bioinformatics infrastructure created to optimise biological data obtained from life sciences research. Spain participates in ELIXIR through the National Bioinformatics Institute (INB), a platform of the National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), whose central node is hosted at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO). Six INB institutions are participating in ELIXIR: the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG).
ELIXIR coordinates the storage, access and development of the software needed to understand biological data. According to ELIXIR, “for the first time, we are creating infrastructure – a kind of highway system – that integrates research data from all corners of Europe and ensures a seamless service provision that is easily accessible to all,” and which “will facilitate discoveries that benefit humankind.”