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Clinton and Blair Back Rapid Release of Data

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Science  17 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5460, pp. 1903
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5460.1903a

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It's not often that heads of state wade into a furious quarrel in the scientific community, but both President Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair did so this week. On 14 March, the two leaders announced that they enthusiastically support the rapid release of human genome sequence data, a principle long advocated by Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and other scientists in the nonprofit sector.