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Health Agencies Update
October 21, 1998

Human Genome Project on Fast Track

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JAMA. 1998;280(15):1298. doi:10.1001/jama.280.15.1298-JHA80008-5-1

A new plan to substantially accelerate the sequencing of the entire human genome by 2003—2 years ahead of schedule—as well as produce a "working draft" by 2001, was unveiled last month by leaders of the federally funded Human Genome Project.

According to Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, the working draft would include highly accurate DNA sequences for about one third of the genome's bases, focusing on regions known to contain genes or other regions of interest to biologists.

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