HILTON HEAD, SC, Oct. 19 (GenomeWeb News) - Two years ago, when GSAC was still called GSAC, Craig Venter created a $500,000 prize  for a person or organization that develops technology that can "significantly advance" automated DNA sequencing toward the $1,000 genome.

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