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Fruit Fly Researchers Sign Pact With Celera

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Science  05 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5403, pp. 767
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5403.767a

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Aided by a huge investment from equipment manufacturer Perkin-Elmer of Norwalk, Connecticut, private entrepreneurs and academics have agreed on a joint plan to sequence the DNA of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and a timetable for making the sequence public. It could soon become the most complex organism completed; yet the partnership aims to finish in record time--by December 1999. The project could also pave the way for a similar collaboration to sequence the human genome.