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Bacteria Genes into the Human Genome - the fourth point debated

  May, 18 2001 5:28
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The human genome project promises sparkle of new findings and discussions.

An article published on the Web this week by the journal Science gives little credence to the (public) consortium's idea (of the validity of the insertion of bacterial genes directly into the human genome).

"When I saw this claim in the consortium's paper I was surprised," said Dr. Steven L. Salzberg, the lead author of the critique. "It's not been documented previously that bacterial genes got into the human genome. When I looked at their method, I was immediately struck by the fact it was likely to be an error, because the method was simply wrong."

Full story in The New York Times, May, 19, 2001 and Reuters (on Yahoo Science News), May 17, 2001

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