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Washington Fax reported on September 16 that the genomes of the cow, the dog, and the ciliate Oxytricha trifallax have been advanced to the high-priority list of model organisms to be considered for sequencing as capacity becomes available at one of the three large-scale sequencing facilities currently supported by NHGRI. An NHGRI-assembled expert group known as the Genome Resources and Sequencing Priority Panel (GRASPP), which is headed by Harvard University biology professor William Gelbart, made the selections. NHGRI's advisory council approved the sequencing priorities on September 11. Animals named to the high-priority list at the council's May 21 meeting include the chimpanzee, the chicken, 15 species of …
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