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The Chimpanzee Genome Project's Seedy Origins

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Science  02 Apr 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5974, pp. 35
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5974.35

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The DNA sequenced for the Chimpanzee Genome Project came mainly from one chimp, Clint, of Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and he was chosen for the most haphazard of reasons. Researchers there chose Clint not because he was a hardy male representative of Pan troglodytes or had some other meaningful attribute. Clint, it turns out, became the genome chimp because he was particularly fond of providing sperm samples.