...from Butterfield's first 'build', it's clear they're on track: one section is almost 6,000 base pairs long and another is 7,000 pair long. For the next five hours, they keep reloading. At 2:30 am, Butterfield hits the 'Eureka' moment. Build 28 comes back in one piece, right down to and including the tell-tale polytale - a long string of 'A's that always marks the end of a piece of messenger RNA.
For the wet-lab crew, euphoria gives over to exhaustion. They file out to get some sleep. Butterfield keeps working--analyzing, verifying, comparing the completed sequence to others on file. When Stott comes back at 4 am, he startles Butterfield so badly, he is at risk of being impaled on the pen that Butterfield reflexively flings across the room."
- BC Business Sept. 2003
Thanks to technology and a spirit of global cooperation, the first genome of the virus that causes SARS was mapped by Canadian researchers in less than a week; soon after it was identified as a coronavirus.”
- Newsweek Magazine Apr. 2003
Cracking the SARS Coronavirus Genome - April 2003
The Genome Sequence of the SARS-Associated Coronavirus
Science 30 May 2003
Complete SARS sequence and details
BC Team unravels SARS
The Province 2003
The Mystery of SARS
BC Business 2003
SARS story in (I think only time my photo is in a Chinese magazine)!
Ming Pao Saturday Magazine 2003
Linux journal article of the SARS sequencing