14th March 2000

Wellcome applauds USA and UK governments' commitment to free sequence data

Commenting on today's announcement by the United States and UK Government on the sequence data from the Human Genome Project, Dr Mike Dexter, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said:

"The Wellcome Trust is committed to ensuring that sequence data from the collaborative Human Genome Project remains in the public domain. We are delighted with today's announcement as it reaffirms a key underlying principle of the Human Genome Project that sequence data, which can be used to develop medically important therapies, is made freely available to all researchers.

"The Human Genome Project provides a unique resource - today's announcement will help ensure that this global resource is fully exploited and that the information can be developed to provide real healthcare advances. We hope that similar agreements are established between other Human Genome Project collaborators to ensure that this important genetic resource is owned by mankind."

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