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Subject:  Re: CRA News from Washington Post Date:  3/7/2000  8:13 PM
Author:  galeforce1 Number:  6558 of 36502

Why would Celera
want a deal with a publicly funded organization if it is so sure of itself -- except perhaps that it is just a tad worried that
much of its work might be made available forfree?

Maybe the Celera folks are as concerned about scientific accuracy as the HGP folks. After all, the integration of both approaches makes for the best data.
However, as Venter himself pointed out, Celera has access to the HGP data, but not vice versa, so the lack of an agreement should not slow down Celera much. The real concern is protecting their database searching and presentation tools from copycat competitors.

the blurb below is lifted from

USA: Celera Genomics hopes for public gene alliance.
Reuters English News Service - 03/07/2000
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent
(C) Reuters Limited 2000.Reuters

Celera published its own letter on Tuesday defending its stand. Paul Gilman, director of policy planning for the Rockville,
Maryland-based company, said some of its demands had been misunderstood.

"Our sole concern, the only concern we have, is that our data would be used by a competing database company," Gilman said in
a telephone interview. "We want to protect the database from being pirated," he added.
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