Two rival teams of scientists announced last month they had assembled
a rough draft of the "book of life"—the human genetic code. For this
vital instruction manual, researchers have been working to catalog the identity
and location of each of the estimated 3 billion chemical base pairs in human
The groups are the publicly financed Human Genome Project, largely funded
by the National Institutes of Health and the London-based Wellcome Trust,
and Celera Genomics of Rockville, Md. The public consortium said it had produced
a rough draft that includes some 97% of the genome, with about 85% completed
in fine detail. Celera claimed that it had sequenced 99%.
"Book of Life" Rough Draft. JAMA. 2000;284(3):296. doi:10.1001/jama.284.3.296
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