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Sequencers Endorse Plan for a Draft in 1 Year

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Science  28 May 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5419, pp. 1439-1441
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5419.1439

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COLD SPRING HARBOR, NEW YORK-- Meeting in a closed session here last week, leaders of a dozen scientific teams endorsed an international plan to complete a "working draft" of the human genome by the spring of 2000 and polish it into a "highly accurate" version by 2003. They say they're doing this to satisfy researchers who want sequence data as soon as possible. But there's another objective: to stay ahead of a commercial rival--Celera Genomics of Rockville, Maryland--which announced in 1998 that it intends to sequence the entire human genome by 2001 and patent many genes (Science, 15 May 1998, p. 994).