The following time line, detailing events relating to Genome Technologies' suit against Bento Soares and cDNA sequencing efforts in general, was culled from interviews conducted by The Scientist as well as information contained in court pleadings, statements, and media reports.

  • The Integrated Molecular Analysis of Genome Expression (IMAGE) Consortium forms as an informal, ad hoc collaboration among colleagues to freely share complementary DNA (cDNA) libraries. The consortium is started by Greg Lennon, a senior scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); Charles Auffray, research director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Villejuif, France; Bento Soares, an assistant professor of neurogenetics at Columbia University; and Mihaelis Polymeropoulos, a genome researcher at NIH.

  • Genome Technology Inc. is founded by Soares; James Sikela, an associate professor of pharmacology at the University of Colorado, Denver, Health Sciences Center; and venture capitalists John Antretter and John Kaweskie, Jr.

  • Science reports (R.F. Service,...
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