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I think that the fact that Venter was holding out for such a good deal shows that he knows
1) that Celera really can do it without the HGP anyway
2) that there is nothing the HGP can do about it: there really is NOTHING wrong with Celera using the HGP data - ALL companies are free to do so,public or private, and, in fact, that is exactly what the data was developed for: for ALL companies to use freely.
3) all the talk about Celera being "unethical" for doing so are just pure unadulterated BS.

Private companies ADD VALUE to public work all the time and then sell their added value products. This is dead normal practice and in fact the US government ACTIVELY ENCOURAGES it: it has even set up programs to encourage exactly that sort of thing.
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