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Medical News & Perspectives
June 24, 1998

Private Venture Galvanizes Public Effort on Human Genome Project

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JAMA. 1998;279(24):1933-1935. doi:10.1001/jama.279.24.1933

THE NATION'S federally funded genome researchers and their largest international collaborator say it is time to accelerate the pace of the public effort—without compromising the quality of the final product.

Galvanized by advances in technology and by the announcement last month of a newly formed company's plans to "substantially complete the sequencing of the human genome in 3 years," the major participants in the Human Genome Project (HGP), the international, publicly funded plan to decipher the DNA makeup of humans, met in late May to brainstorm about ways to speed the delivery of such information into the hands of biomedical researchers.

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