News of the WeekRICE GENOME

Syngenta Finishes, Consortium Goes On

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Science  02 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5505, pp. 807
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5505.807A

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A Swiss-based agrochemical company has completed sequencing the genome of the first important food crop, rice. But scientists who want the data will either have to pay for the right to use it or wait 3 years until an international consortium completes its work on a publicly sponsored--and likely more thorough--version of the same project.