On April 6, Celera Genomics announced that it had completed the sequencing phase of one person's genome. It will now begin the process of assembling the sequenced fragments into their proper order with the aid of powerful computers. Work on this project began in September 1999 using a method called "whole genome shotgun sequencing," a quicker method than that used by the international Human Genome Project, which has completed about two-thirds of its own, more thorough, sequence of the human genome. Although talks between Celera and the Human Genome Project over the sharing of data broke down earlier this year, they have since resumed and the company has stated that it will cooperate. While this is just the first step towards understanding the human genome, it only reveals the order of the nucleotides, not what the genes do, it is certainly an important milestone, with broad implications for biology and medicine. Users can begin with the company's press release and then read reports from the BBC, the New York Times (free registration required), CNN, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and the Times of India. Additional related resources are available from the Human Genome Project site and Doubletwist.com.
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