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Sharing the Glory, Not the Credit

Science  16 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5507, pp. 1189-1193
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5507.1189

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Leaders of the public and private groups sequencing the human genome pledged to support each other's endeavors last June, but within weeks, this show of amity dissolved. Over the summer and fall, the teams withdrew to their labs, muttering about the doubtful quality and accessibility of each other's research. The grumbling continued until December, when the two decided to part company at the finish, collaborating only on a single publication date. The result: Two reports on the human genome are coming out this week--a privately funded version in Science and a publicly funded version in Nature.