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Mouse Genome Added to Sequencing Effort

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Science  08 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5438, pp. 210
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5438.210

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Even as the largest academic centers scramble to generate a rough draft of the human genome, they have taken on another monumental task. On 5 October, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) awarded the first $21 million, out of $130 million expected to be spent through 2002, to 10 U.S. laboratories for sequencing the mouse genome. Because the mouse is so well studied, the sequencing of its genome will speed the understanding of how our own genes work, experts say.