Can Celera Do It Again?

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Science  24 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5461, pp. 2136-2138
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5461.2136

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The upstart Celera Genomics of Rockville, Maryland, is set to embark on an ambitious new effort to move beyond the human genome to conquer the next frontier: "proteomics," the effort to identify all the proteins expressed in an organism and then track their ebb and flow, a crucial step in developing novel drugs and tailoring medical care to the genetic makeup of individuals. To pay for the new initiative, Celera raised $944 million in a stock offering earlier this month, much of which will be devoted to proteomics. But Celera faces a huge challenge and some stiff competition from companies already in the field.