Plugging into data – Profits are goal

Celera Genomics has signed up the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the biggest nonprofit subscriber yet to its genomics database, Reuters reported Sept. 13.

Other subscribers include Harvard University, Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, biotech giant Amgen, New Jersey-based Pharmacia Corp. and Pfizer, Reuters said.

Celera hopes to make profits from the multimillion-dollar subscriptions, Reuter said.

Subscribers get the human genetic code, along with the codes of other creatures such as the mouse and fruit fly, and can use Celera’s powerful computers to try to analyze the code.

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