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Group Calls for Rapid Release of More Genomics Data

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Science  22 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5930, pp. 1000-1001
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1000b

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In 1996, at a meeting in Bermuda, researchers participating in the Human Genome Project agreed to release DNA sequence data daily into a public database; in 2003, the genome-sequencing community came up with guidelines on how prepublication data should be used. Now pressure is mounting to extend the Bermuda Principles to a broad range of publicly funded projects that go beyond sequencing. They include whole-genome association studies, microarray surveys, epigenomic scans, protein structures, large-scale screening of small molecules for biological activity, and functional genomics data, only some of which are now covered by prepublication data-release policies.