News & CommentHuman Genome Project

Sequencers Split Over Data Release

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Science  29 Mar 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5257, pp. 1798-1799
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5257.1798b


Heidelberg, Germany—Researchers attending the Human Genome Organization meeting here offered different views on whether sequence data should be made available to the community as soon as it is generated. The yeast genome project—which has just finished sequencing the entire genome of bakers' yeast—allowed participants exclusive use of data for some time before it was made public. In contrast, two sequencing powerhouses—the Sanger Center in the United Kingdom and a sequencing group at Washington University—are putting sequence data on the World Wide Web every day. A group of researchers and funding organizations led by Britain's Wellcome Trust is now drafting a statement of principles designed to encourage openness and rapid release of sequence data.