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$10m carrot for genetic research

6th October 2006

The US-based X-Prize Foundation is offering $10m for the first private team that can decode 100 human genomes in 10 days.

The Archon X-Prize for Genomics is a spur to research, as the organisers say rapid genetic sequencing is 'science's next great frontier'; it will allow doctors to determine patients' susceptibility to illness and the genetic links to diseases.

Following on from the competition, the winning team will be paid to map the genetic sequences of the "Genome 100", which is a group of celebrities, benefactors and members of the public, including Dr Stephen Hawking, CNN's Larry King; and Anousheh Ansari, the world's first female "space tourist".

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