Here are a few of the key points made by the experts at yesterday's release of the "draft" human genome, 26 June, which took place via two separate press conferences, one in London and the other Washington, the latter involving a live video link between Tony Blair and Bill Clinton:

Francis Collins, human genome project [HGP] project manager, speaking from the White House yesterday afternoon: "We're not here to talk about a race. I want to say a big thankyou to Craig Venter [Chief Executive, Celera Genomics] for considering the opportunities [for working together with the HGP] we saw a month ago, and for comparing these two data sets after publication…".

Craig Venter [also at the White House]: now the issue is the interpretation of the genome... "and the mouse genome is a critical aspect of that. By layering the mouse over the human genome we expect to find most...

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