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Monday, 12 February, 2001, 07:33 GMT
Genome teams in access dispute
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Another row has broken out between the two groups of scientists who have worked out the sequence of the human genetic code.

Two rival groups are deciphering the human genome: an international public consortium and a private effort led by Dr Craig Venter, of Celera Genomics.

The public scientists have accused Dr Venter of restricting access and charging for his work.

But he says the criticisms come from a minority of researchers, who wanted to have the human genome all to themselves.

The two teams are providing detailed analysis of their findings Monday, at news conferences in Washington, Tokyo, London, Paris and Berlin, as well articles published in the prestigious scientific journals Nature and Science.

'Revolutionise treatment'

The work is part of international efforts over the past 10 years to unravel the entire genetic make-up of a human being and promises to revolutionise the understanding and treatment of disease.

Data from the genome project should help fight such diseases as diabetes and cancer, drug addiction and even mental illness, bringing possible cures that much closer.

The scientists have found that human beings have far fewer genes than they thought, about 30,000, perhaps just a few hundred more than a mouse.

About a third of the publicly funded genome sequencing effort has been carried out at the Sanger Centre on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge, UK.

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