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Human Genome Project, Celera to Compare Human Genome Assemblies June 6

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Last week, Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, said representatives of the Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics would meet on June 6 to compare their assembly strategies.

The long-awaited workshop will take place at the headquarters of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Md., said Collins, who was speaking at a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research.

The public-private workshop was first planned for April, but postponed when neither group felt it was ready. The June meeting will focus on annotation needs, sequencing and assembly methods for eukaryotic genomes, and procedures for ensuring fruitful collaborations when projects are split between institutions.

Discussion will be general in nature, according to a source at NIH, rather than the head-to-head comparison of HGP and Celera sequencing methods originally envisioned.

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