News and CommentHuman Genome Project

'Playing Chicken' Over Gene Markers

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Science  19 Dec 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5346, pp. 2046-2048
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5346.2046

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The U.S. government is getting set to launch a big addition to its human genome project this winter. Details of the venture--which involves sequencing snippets of DNA from hundreds of individuals of different racial backgrounds and putting them in a public repository--were discussed at a meeting at the National Institutes of Health last week, and a funding announcement could be issued within a month. The variations could serve as landmarks in a fine-scale map of the genome.