Genome-Sequencing Teams Escalate Competition Through Scientific Journals

NATURAL SELECTION: The race to finish sequencing the human genome may have ended, but months after declaring a tie the competing teams continue to squabble at the finish line, and each has brought a leading scientific journal as its backer.

Last June, a publicly financed consortium of institutions and a private company, Celera, both announced that they had spelled out the more than three billion chemical letters that make up human hereditary material. This