On behalf of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM), welcome to the Spring 2008 issue of NIH MedlinePlus magazine. We take pride in bringing you the most up-to-date and trustworthy information you need to keep you and your family healthy. In the pages that follow, you'll find the latest advice and research discoveries direct from the scientists and medical experts who work for you at the world's leading medical and health research organization, the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The FNLM is also working to promote and expand the availability of other important work carried out by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). One such program, GenBank—which has had a dramatic impact on medical research and health care—just celebrated its 25th year of advancing scientific discovery in April.
Scientists working to unlock our genetic code were slowed because they often didn't know what their colleagues around the world were discovering. That all changed with the creation of GenBank, the first publicly accessible worldwide database of gene sequences. This ability to share knowledge around the world played a crucial role in allowing scientists to complete the mapping of the human genome in 2003, years ahead of schedule.
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Paul G. Rogers, Chairman
Friends of the National Library of Medicine
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