The Human Genome Project is expected to get a boost from the humble fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, thanks to a new government-industry collaborative effort to completely sequence the insect's genome by the end of this year.
A federally funded consortium to sequence the fruit fly, based at the University of California, Berkeley, is joining forces with Celera Genomics Corp, a Rockville, Md–based company, to accelerate the process of deciphering the fruit fly's 150 million base-pair sequence. Researchers at Berkeley have already completed a detailed determination of some 20% of the fly's DNA sequences.
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