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Human Genome Project researchers from the United States and Great Britain for the first time have worked out a virtually complete genetic blueprint for a multicelled organism, the tiny roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans. The achievement, hailed as a milestone in the ongoing multinational effort to identify all human genes and understand their function, was reported in the December 11 issue of Science.
Stephenson J. Genetic Milestone. JAMA. 1999;281(3):222. doi:10.1001/jama.281.3.222-JHA80011-2-1