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Commercial Firms Win U.S. Sequencing Funds

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Science  16 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5426, pp. 310
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5426.310a

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Several new groups are joining the government's human genome sequencing project this month, including--for the first time--two commercial firms. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in Bethesda, Maryland, quietly awarded three yearlong grants totaling $15 million on 1 July. The winners can expect to be funded for at least two additional years at the current rate, NHGRI notices say.