Beijing Genomics Institute: From Standing Start to Sequencing Superpower

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Science  05 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5565, pp. 36-39
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5565.36

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BEIJING AND HANGZHOU-- Good timing and determination have helped geneticist Yang Huanming create an institute that has catapulted China into the front ranks of sequencing with its shotgun sequencing of the indica rice genome, reported on page 79. The Beijing Genomics Institute now has 92 of the latest-model automated sequencing machines, four of the fastest supercomputers in China, and a staff of 500 that grows by a dozen or so every month.