Marseille-Nice Génopole was a post-genomics centre of excellence that regrouped a number of different laboratories. We participated in the Génopole's functional genomics programme. Through funding from the Génopole, we acquired a UBI automated worm sorter (COPAS Biosort).It is currently installed in the Centre d'Immunologie and is open to outside users. It is part of an integrated C. elegans functional genomics platform that we have developed.

The CNRS recently created a service unit in Lyon dedicated to C. elegans, also equipped with a Biosort. The Marseille and Lyon structures have agreed in principal to become a federated platform. In the near future, therefore, applications to use the resources at Marseille will be channeled through a joint Lyon-Marseille website.

For the time being, however, Groups wishing to use the worm sorter should submit a project (1 page maximum) to Jonathan Ewbank, explaining concisely the need to have access to the platform and the scientific rationale for the proposed use. Projects may be submitted at any time. They will be evaluated by the platform's Steering Commitee.
Before submitting a project, potential users are encouraged to contact Jérôme Belougne to discuss the technical aspects of using the machine.

Priority will be given to French laboratories, who will be required to make a nominal contribution to the machine's running costs. Depending on demand, researchers in other countries may be able to use the machine on a full fee-paying basis.