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Science  06 Jun 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5318, pp. 1489
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5318.1489

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Two years ago, researchers at Stanford University developed a machine for making oligonucleotides, reagents that are a critical tool for the Human Genome Project. But the university awarded an exclusive license for the machine to Protogene, which has so far refused to sell it to anyone. Some genome researchers claim that the license is counterproductive to the goal of completing the Human Genome Project as soon as possible. Now, however, they can turn to a competing machine, made by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.