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Science  15 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5524, pp. 1982-1983
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5524.1982

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CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND-- Reporters expecting to see a shootout between rival experts on genome assembly at a 6 June meeting near Washington, D.C., instead saw the scientists quietly discuss flaws in both versions of the human genome sequence-one assembled by a publicly funded consortium of 16 labs and the other by the biotech company Celera Genomics of Rockville, Maryland. The participants batted around new ideas for deciphering very large genomes, possibly by combining the best methods from both teams.