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There's still time to contribute to the Assemblathon project out of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of California, Davis, says Iddo Friedberg at Byte Size Biology. The UC teams, which have already released two simulated genomes, invite competing groups to "use their own software to each assemble one or more genomes," according to the Assemblathon Web site.

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