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Stealth Genome Rocks Rice Researchers

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Science  14 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5464, pp. 239-241
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5464.239

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For the past 3 years, researchers have been working to sequence the rice genome. Last week, many of them were stunned to learn that the biotech giant Monsanto is well ahead of them. Monsanto and collaborators at the University of Washington, Seattle, announced on 3 April that they had almost completed a rough draft of the entire rice genome. Equally surprising, the company said it would turn its data over to the international consortium.