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The World in Medicine
January 8, 2003

Genome Milestone

JAMA. 2003;289(2):164. doi:10.1001/jama.289.2.164-b

An international consortium of scientists unveiled what is expected to be a major tool for biomedical research: the genetic sequence of the mouse. A team led by researchers from the United States, Europe, and Japan published the genetic sequence of Mus musculus along with several articles describing early findings in the December 5, 2002, issue of Nature.

A private company had completed a draft of the mouse genome more than a year earlier, but the information has been available only to paying subscribers. The consortium's sequence is freely available on the Internet.