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Genomics Researchers Upset by Rivals' Publicity

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Science  24 Sep 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5999, pp. 1585
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5999.1585

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Last week, announcements by rival teams upstaged two current projects by Pennsylvania State University genomicist Stephan Schuster. On 15 September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the chocolate giant Mars Inc. announced that they had sequenced the cacao tree, whose seeds are the source for chocolate. The very next day, Elizabeth Murchison of the Sanger Institute announced that her group has sequenced the genome of the Tasmanian devil. For Schuster, the back-to-back announcements were devastating. He is part of separate groups sequencing both genomes. One group has already submitted a paper on the cacao genome, and the other is currently analyzing the Tasmanian devil sequence.