Controversial Publication of Arabidopsis Papers Sparks Debate Over Use of Public Data | GenomeWeb

Science’s decision to publish two papers on Arabidopsis on December 15, just one day after the main sequencing paper was published in Nature, has stirred up a debate over the appropriate uses of public genomic data.

Some Arabidopsis researchers said they think it is unethical for scientists not involved in the sequencing project to use the publicly available data for whole genome analyses before the genome has been fully sequenced and published.

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