News FocusHUMAN GENOME

Finally, the Book of Life and Instructions for Navigating It

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Science  30 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5475, pp. 2304-2307
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5475.2304

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Summary

The race is over. On 26 June, to much fanfare, two rival teams announced that they had each completed a version of the "book of life"--a rough draft of the complete human genetic code. So what, exactly, is in these two different volumes, and how will they fine-tune it so that everyone from workaday biologists to pharmaceutical giants can mine its gold?