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US DOE Says it Is Still at Work on Human Genome



ASHINGTON--Nature published a letter from James Decker of the US Department of Energy's Office of Science that stated that the US DOE is still involved in the human genome effort. Decker wrote that he wanted to dispel the impression given by a Nature article that the energy agency was ending its participation in the project. DOE is responsible for determining the DNA sequence of human chromosomes 5, 16, and 19.

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Booster for At-Risk

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Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

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