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Animals Line Up to Be Sequenced

Science  20 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5529, pp. 409-410
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5529.409a

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CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND-- Work on the human genome sequence will be winding up in 2003, and it's high time to add other creatures to the pipeline to utilize the 2000-base-per-second worldwide sequencing capacity, sequencers agree. With 1.7 million known species to choose from, however--and almost as many specialists lobbying for their favorites--selecting the next few will not be easy. The stakes are enormous, researchers agreed at a workshop here last week designed to set criteria for choosing the next candidates for the sequencing machines.