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This report has been reviewed in draft form by persons chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of the independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards of objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following for their review of the report:

  • Gary Anderson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  • Jeffrey Dangl, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Julian E. Davies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Jed Fuhrman, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Dennis Mangan, University of Southern California School of Dentistry, Los Angeles
  • Victor Markowitz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  • Randall Murch, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
  • Norman R. Pace (NAS), University of Colorado, Boulder
  • David Relman, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Edward Rubin, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  • George Weinstock, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Although the reviewers listed above have provided constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of the report was overseen by John Wooley, University of California, San Diego. Appointed by the National Research Council, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of the report rests entirely with the author committee and the institution.

The committee benefited from briefings provided by several speakers. At its second meeting, on May 2, 2006, the committee was briefed by: Michael Gray (by telephone), Professor and Department Head, Canada Research Chair in Genomics and Genome Evolution, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Mitchell Sogin, Senior Scientist and Director of the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution, The Woods Hole Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA; and Robert Edwards, San Diego State University and Burnham Institute, San Diego, CA. At its third meeting, on July 27, 2006, the committee was briefed by: David J. Lipman, Director, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD; Rolf Apweiler, Head of Sequence Database Group, European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK; Victor Markowitz, Head of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Biological Data Management and Technology Center, Berkeley, CA; Paul Gilna, Executive Director, CAMERA, San Diego, CA; and Amaranth Gupta, Associate Research Scientist, Director Advanced Query Processing Lab, San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California, San Diego.

The committee extends heartfelt thanks to Ann Reid who served as Study Director for this report. The product reflects both Ann’s attention to our charge and her ability to provoke us into addressing it thoroughly. Her outstanding editing contributed greatly to the clarity and logic of the report. We also thank Anne Jurkowski for her dedication to this report and its authors. Throughout the process, the committee relied on Anne’s administrative prowess and her willingness to do whatever was necessary to get the report done or the committee on track. Anne’s aesthetic intuition and visual acuity shaped the report as well as its derivative materials.

We thank Dr. Patrick Schloss for his assistance in building the metagenomics bibliography and Dr. Luke Moe, Snow Brook Peterson, and Dr. Ainslie Little for helpful discussion and Christina Matta for assuring historical accuracy.