In June 2000, rapid acceleration in the pace of DNA sequencing resulted in the compilation of a "working draft" of DNA sequence that covered more than 90 percent of the human genome. To commemorate the milestone achieved by the Human Genome Project consortium, whose members had deposited the data in freely accessible databases as they generated it, and independently achieved by the private company Celera, President Clinton in Washington and Prime Minister Blair in London announced the accomplishment. Later in the year, scientific dates described the techniques and results the groups used and provided an initial interpretation of the data.
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