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Chimps and Fungi Make Genome "Top Six"

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Science  31 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5573, pp. 1589-1591
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5573.1589b

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The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) announced last week that deciphering the genomes of honey bees, chickens, and sea urchins is a top priority. These organisms, in addition to the chimp, a protozoan called Tetrahymena thermophila, and several fungi, will be next in line at the big sequencing centers that are now scrambling to decipher the genetic code of humans, mice, and rats, says NHGRI director Francis Collins.