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Celera to Submit Findings This Fall for Publication

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Celera Genomics will submit its findings regarding the sequenced human genome to an unnamed scientific journal this fall.

“We’ve agreed to submit things to a scientific journal on or around November 1, with the hope that it would be published before the end of the year,” said Craig Venter, Celera’s president and chief scientific officer.

Venter declined to say whether the findings would be published in Science or Nature and representatives from both publications declined to comment.

Ari Patrinos, associate director of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research Studies, hinted, however, that Science would likely be the publisher.

“I am optimistic that it will be Science,” Patrinos said. “I would like to see the two papers published back-to-back in Science by the end of the year.”

Venter cautioned, however, that publication could be delayed as “people get more and more into analyzing the data and learning how complex it is.”

A Celera spokeswoman said the company was currently deciding when to hold an annotation jamboree, which would occur prior to publication.

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