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After a very successful 2007 ABRF meeting in Tampa, the FARG found itself right back at work for the 2008 meeting in Salt Lake City. At our first conference call this year, we started developing our 2008 research proposal. The resulting proposal consisted of two research studies, and both have since been approved by the Executive Board.
The first study will be to conduct a survey regarding the use of SNP genotyping. This survey will be directed at users of SNP technologies through multiple sources, and will examine the who, what, and why of SNP genotyping along with how results are used from these studies. If you would be interested in participating in this survey, please watch for our survey announcements on the ABRF Web site and/or in the JBT.
Second, we will present a special tutorial session for genotyping. Specifically, we will be addressing the issue of assigning genotype calls from the raw data of commonly used platforms. This will include data gathered from the Joint RG and other sources. We look forward to presenting the results of both these studies in Salt Lake City.
The membership of FARG has seen some changes this year. We have added two new members: Nathan Bivens from University of Missouri-Columbia, and Glenis Wiebe, now with University of Alberta. FARG had two people leave this year: Katia Sol-Church and our EB liaison, Margaret Robinson. We thank them both for their commitment and hard work. Our new EB liaison is Michelle Detwiler, and we look forward to working with her.