Celera is a corporation registered in California, U.S.A. It was founded to discover and sell information about DNA sequence analysis, especially the human genome. The company is now wholly owned by Quest Diagnostics, a corporation which runs clinical laboratory services.

Celera Corporation
Company typeSubsidiary
HeadquartersAlameda, California, USA
Key people
William G. Green, Chairman, Kathy P Ordonez, President, Craig Venter, Founder
ProductsScientific & Technical Instruments
Number of employees

Celera's first president, Craig Venter and Hamilton Smith were in charge of the original science. There was competition between Celera and the publicly funded Human Genome Project, which got much comment.[2][3][4] Eventually, they agreed on a certain amount of co-operation.


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  3. Sulston, John and Ferry, Georgina 2002. The common thread: a story of science, politics, ethics and the human genome. Joseph Henry. ISBN 0-309-08409-1
  4. Rabinow, Paul and Dan-Cohen, Talia 2004. A machine to make the future: biotech chronicles. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. ISBN 0-691-12050-1