MIAMI BEACH, Fla.--Attendees and exhibitors at the Tenth International Genome Sequencing and Analysis Conference (GSAC), held here September 17-20, said that despite the fact that the tone of the meeting has changed because of expanded attendance, increasing commercial influence, and recent developments that have stirred competitive fires among human genome sequencing efforts, the event was a success. The annual conference is sponsored by the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR).

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