NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The practice of releasing large reference genomics data sets quickly and before publication and making it widely available can be "profoundly valuable to the scientific enterprise," and such a policy of pre-publication data release should be adopted by researchers in similar fields, according to a statement from a recent Data Release Workshop hosted by Genome Canada and other funding agencies.

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