Rice: Boiled Down to Bare Essentials

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Science  05 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5565, pp. 32-36
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5565.32

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B, TW, D.C.-- For more than a decade, groups around the world have been working to sequence the rice genome. As with the sequencing of the human genome, these efforts have been marked by rivalries, fears of commercial control over basic genetic data, and a controversy over the conditions under which Science is publishing one of the draft sequences (see " A Deal for the Rice Genome "). This article traces those efforts; the following story relates how a team in China produced a draft sequence in record time.