[Bioperl-l] Celera deal
Wed, 13 Dec 2000 11:54:51 +0100
Dear Mrs Jasny,
I am writing to you as the managing editor in charge of genomics
paper at Science. I heard Science has agreed to publish the Celera
sequence data on the human genome without them being deposited in the
GeneBank database. I am shocked by this deal, and here is why.
I am a bench scientist working in plant biology. We published last
year the description of some Arabidopsis EMS mutants controlling
endoreplication. We now have a T-DNA insertion mutant allelic to one
of these EMS mutants, and the insertion dirupts a gene whose best
homolog is a human gene. This 3-month old finding was totally
unexpected, and I learned that from the very first Blast. I would not
know that by today if the human gene in question had not been
A PUBLIC SEQUENCE DATABASE WITH A SINGLE GATE. My conviction is that
if money considerations lead to the fact that sequences will have to
be searched in a daedalus of semi-private Websites, the kind of
approach I am presently involved in will be considerably slowed down.
The deal you have with Celera does not deserve science and does not
I think the non-deposition of sequence data in a public database is a
strong case for rejection of a scientific paper, and I hope the
referees will raise this fact with no precedent, and that they can
stand some pressure...
Let me quote to finish the french writer Francois Rabelais, who wrote
four centuries ago:
"Science sans conscience n'est que ruine de l'ame."
Dr Jean-Marc Bonneville
Laboratoire de Génétique Moléculaire des Plantes
CNRS/Universite J. Fourier
38041 GRENOBLE Cedex 09
tel (+33)4 76 51 48 92
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