News of the WeekHUMAN GENOME

Rival Genome Sequencers Celebrate a Milestone Together

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Science  30 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5475, pp. 2294-2295
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5475.2294

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At a White House ceremony on 26 June, two scientific groups, one funded by the government and the other privately funded, announced that they have generated a nearly complete readout of the 3.1 or so billion nucleotides in the human genome. The White House ceremony was more than a celebration; it was also designed to heal a split in the research community. The ceremony brought together leaders of the rival groups in a kind of truce, cooling off a competition that had grown intense in recent months.