WASHINGTON--A panel of experts that included Craig Venter of the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) urged members of the US House Science Committee's Energy and Environment Subcommittee to continue, or even increase federal funding of the Human Genome Project. The oversight hearing was held here June 17 to review potential affects on the government program of Venter's recently announced venture with Perkin Elmer (PE), which aims to sequence the entire human genome within three years at one-tenth the government's cost.

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