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Friday, December 08, 2000

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find related articles. powered by google. The New York Times Celera to Charge Other Companies to Use Its Genome Data
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"Company that deciphered the human genome has just submitted a paper for publication. But, in a highly unusual move, the company will not be adhering to the customary practice of simultaneously depositing its gene sequence data in a public repository freely available to all.

Instead, the company, Celera Genomics, will put the data on its Web site, making them available to researchers free and to companies for a fee."

""The bottom line," Dr. Samuel Broder, Celera's executive vice president for medical affairs, said, "is that we want to make sure that the work and considerable effort is put to the benefit of the people who took the risk to invest in Celera. Therefore, we don't want to set up a system where other database providers can repackage the data and sell it on their own."
find related articles. powered by google. BBC Genome data access row
"In a statement explaining its decision, Science said it would be keeping a copy of the database in escrow "to insure that there will be no changes in the ability of the public to have full access to the data".

The decision has provoked an angry reaction among some scientists.

"Science magazine seems confused about the purpose of scientific publication," Dr Eric Lander, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project in the US, told an American newspaper."

"If authors can restrict the ways that readers can use knowledge, the pace of discovery will be slowed and the public will lose.""

find related articles. powered by google. GenomeWeb Celera’s Submission to Science Fuels Controversy, Journal Responds
"Celera’s Wednesday evening announcement that it had submitted its human genome sequence data to Science has already provoked controversy in the scientific community and fueled speculation about how the Human Genome Project data will be published, leading Science to issue a statement Thursday to clarify the way it is handling Celera’s submission."

find related articles. powered by google. BioMedNet Celera and Science agree on access to genome data
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"David Lipman, director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which manages GenBank, says the tremendous progress in genomics has been due in part to the policy of requiring sequence data be submitted to this centralized repository. "I believe that the editors of Science are about to make a major mistake that will ... seriously compromise a major field of scientific research," biologist Michael Ashburner of Cambridge University told the LA Times."

"While Science does require data to be published in a public database, the journal does not stipulate that the depository be GenBank, the AAAS says. Science plans to keep a copy of the database in escrow "to insure there will be no changes in the ability of the public to have full access to the data."

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