It should be hard to complain in Hilton Head when the weather?s this nice, but a few folks have found a reason. J. Craig Venter voiced his discontent, yesterday evening at this year?s GSAC (a.k.a. Genomes Medicine and the Environment 2005). Groups aren?t moving fast enough toward the $1000 genome. So, to grease the wheels he?s upping the ante on the $500,000 prize he promised to the first group to achieve a human genome for a grand. In an impromptu announcement, he referred to the logo on his baseball cap ?It?s showtime.? Though he wasn?t exact about details, he reminded the crowd that he?s been talking with other board members of the X-prize foundation to increase the spoils by 10 or 20 fold. That?s a lot of money for a contest that hasn?t really set its rules yet. Anyone looking for a job?At a round table discussion major funders...
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