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Celera Genomics: The Race for the Human Genome Sequence

  1. Michael A Fortun

Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005182



How to Cite

Fortun, M. A. 2006. Celera Genomics: The Race for the Human Genome Sequence. eLS. .

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  1. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2006


The Human Genome Project always embodied multiple tensions, if not contradictions: public science and funding that seeded private sector initiatives, collaborative data sharing coexisting with competition and ownership, deliberative science and high-throughput technological production. The events leading to the early completion of the human genome sequence, involving the corporation Celera Genomics and the public International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium, illuminate in miniature the productive but at times volatile tensions of the public-cum-private efforts over 10 years to map and sequence the genomes of multiple organisms.


  • Human Genome Project;
  • EST;
  • shotgun sequencing strategies;
  • patents;
  • data management;
  • political economy, cDNA