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    BBC News: Gene Firm [Celera] Labelled a 'Con Job'
    Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2000

    Dr John Sulston, director of the Sanger Centre, Britain's leading gene-sequencing lab, has attacked the American company Celera Genomics and its director Dr Craig Venter over their intention to make money selling a combination of public and private DNA data. In an escalation of the international war of words over the use of genetic information from the project to read the human genome, our DNA blueprint, Dr Sulston said that the public has got to know what is really going on. 'It would be hilarious if it wasn't so serious for all of us,' he told the BBC. Celera Genomics is using private money to compile its own human genome database. Because of the technique it uses to 'sequence' human DNA the company requires the addition of data from publicly funded institutions like the Sanger Centre, to complete its goal. Dr Sulston said that Celera 'hoover up all the public data, add a bit of their own and sell it as a packaged product. It is fair enough if people want to buy it. That's up to them.' But he added that the Celera data is something of a 'con job,' saying that they are 'pretending to do something they are not.'"

    Full story: news.bbc.co.uk/hi/e[...]6.stm

    Yes it's serious, but I still think it is all so very hilarious. Link by Snowdeal.org.

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