After several years of gradually de-emphasizing the genomics information business upon which it was launched, Celera Genomics last week officially pulled the plug on its commercial database efforts.

Celera said in a statement that it will "substantially discontinue" its online business once most of its current subscriptions expire on June 30. Furthermore, after July 1, the company will release its human, mouse, and rat genome data into the public domain through the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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