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“Bermuda Principles” drafted for Human Genome Project free data access

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“Bermuda Principles” drafted for Human Genome Project free data access

At a 1996 summit in Bermuda, leaders of the Human Genome Project agreed that all human genomic sequence information generated by centers funded for large-scale human sequencing should be made freely available and in the public domain within 24 hours after generation. The “Bermuda Principles” were drafted to encourage research and development and to maximize the Human Genome Project’s benefits to society – in contrast to the standard practice in scientific research of making experimental data available only after its publication. These principles reshaped the practices of an entire industry and have established rapid prepublication data release as the norm in genomics and other fields.
1996