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Celera Genomics Corporation founded for sequencing the human genome

Celera Genomics

Celera Genomics Corporation founded for sequencing the human genome

The events leading to the early completion of the human genome sequence involved the private corporation Celera Genomics – founded in 1998 by Craig Venter – and the public International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium. In this highly competitive enterprise to complete the human genome sequence, publicly funded science seeded private-sector initiatives, collaborative data sharing coexisted with competition and ownership of data, and jaw-dropping technological innovation fueled improvements in the production, assembly, and analysis of genomic data. For more than 10 years, the “race for the human genome sequence” embodied the tensions and excitement of scientists’ efforts to map and sequence the genomes of humans and other organisms.
1998