IMAGE group's DNA libraries are made freely available to other researchers, as long as they, too, pass on information to the public.
Scientists describe the consortium's informal approach to genetic information sharing as "refreshing," especially in light of recent debates over intellectual property rights derived from genome research. More important, they say, the widespread disbursement of IMAGE cDNA clones decreases the time it takes investigators to extract information from the human genetic code, thus greatly facilitating the hunt for new genes and, ultimately, new drugs.
IMAGE INITIATORS: Consortium cofounders, from left,...
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