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A Planned Boost for Genome Sequencing, But the Plan Is in Flux

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Science  10 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5374, pp. 148-149
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5374.148

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The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) last week awarded $60.5 million to seven centers across the United States to scale up their efforts to sequence the human genome. The awards should enable the centers to crank out 117 million bases next year--almost double the total produced so far by all U.S. groups combined. But exactly what the centers will do with the money isn't clear, for NHGRI has asked them to spend the next 2 months evaluating a proposal for a radical change in the plan to sequence all 3 billion base pairs that make up our genetic code.