Genetic Information Research Institute

Genetic Information Research Institute
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The Genetic Information Research Institute (GIRI) is a non-profit institution that was founded in 1994 by Jerzy Jurka. The mission of the institute "is to understand biological processes which alter the genetic makeup of different organisms, as a basis for potential gene therapy and genome engineering techniques."[1] The institute specializes in applying computer tools to analysis of DNA and protein sequence information. GIRI develops and maintains Repbase Update, a database of prototypic sequences representing repetitive DNA from different eukaryotic species, and Repbase Reports, an electronic journal established in 2001. Due to the growing importance of Repbase in genome studies, GIRI hosts International Conferences devoted to Genomic Impact of Eukaryotic Transposable Elements [2].

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