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Fruit Fly errors

2001-05-29 14:35:49+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Also via Yet Another Web Log, Celera's fruit fly sequence may be less than 50% accurate, which might throw into doubt their claims of "sequencing the human".

[ related topics: Bioinformatics ]

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:31:44+00 by: Dan Lyke

Snicker. Phil noticed the:

"We never said that the fly genome was totally and 100 per cent complete," says spokeswoman Heather Kowalski.

And said "I'm sure in some press release..." Sure enough, from the Celera FAQ:

The Drosophila genome project and the many microbial genomes completed to date, are a practical demonstrations of the accuracy and completeness of the technique.

And, from this press release:

Even more remarkable is the fact that the complete sequence of the gene-rich regions of the fruit fly has been obtained 18 months ahead of schedule

There's more, but...

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:31:44+00 by: TheSHAD0W

"Nah. Can't be! We must've sequenced a different species of fruit fly.

"I know! We'll just manufacture those genes and make a fruit fly from scratch!"

[weeks of lab work later]

"Okay! Presenting -- a fruit fly!" *cracks open chamber*

*gurgle* "ROARRRR!!!"

(Eyes wide open) "Dayum! That's the biggest fruit fly I've ever seen! What big teeth you have -- no! AAAAAAAAHHH!!!!"