Slow Start for U.S. Rice Genome Project

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Science  23 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5389, pp. 653
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5389.653

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The United States appears to be taking a back seat in an international effort to determine the genetic makeup of one of the world's most important crops: rice. U.S. researchers last year urged the government to pay half the cost of sequencing this plant's genome, but federal agencies now seem barely able to come up with the 10% (about $20 million) expected from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This shortfall could cause an incipient international consortium to fall apart.