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1998: Company Announces Sequencing Plan

Illustration of laboratory equipmentIn May 1998, the company Celera Genomics was formed to sequence much of the human genome in three years. While, the company used many HGP-generated resources, unlike the HGP, which built detailed maps before sequencing defined regions, Celera used a shotgun sequencing strategy, in which the entire genome is fragmented and random segments are sequenced and then put in order.

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Venter, J.C., Adams, M.D., Sutton, G.G., Kerlavage, A.R., Smith, H.O., Hunkapiller, M. Shotgun sequencing of the human genome. Science, 280:1540-2. 1998. [PubMed]

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