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CELERA GENOMICS HELPS DOCTORS FIND DISEASE CAUSING GENES.

Celera Genomics (NYSE: CRA), Rockville, Md., a PE Corporation business, has signed an agreement with The Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) in Toronto, Canada, that provides a multi-year subscription to certain Celera database products. The HSC subscribers will access Celera's database information through the Celera Discovery System(TM), the Web-based portal through which a variety of customers access Celera's expanding databases and analysis tools. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed. The annual subscription rates are dependent on the nature of the subscription, size of the institution, and the number of users.

"We are pleased to announce this agreement with The Hospital for Sick Children, an esteemed research hospital that has been committed to advancing children's medical care for 125 years," said J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., Celera's president and chief scientific officer. "Through this agreement, the first of its kind with an institution in Canada, HSC researchers will have access to Celera's comprehensive genomic information, as well as advanced tools and software that should enable them to make important discoveries to improve medical treatment for children everywhere."

"Access to Celera's database products should facilitate scientific discovery by allowing researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children to concentrate on identifying disease-causing genes, which opens the door for improved diagnosis and potentially new treatments for disease. We look forward to collaborating further with Celera in the future," said Dr. Lap-Chee Tsui, HSC's geneticist-in-chief, a professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto and holder of the H.E. Sellers Chair in Cystic Fibrosis at The Hospital for Sick Children.

Affiliated with the University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children is the largest pediatric health science center in Canada. Its mission is to provide the best in family-centered, compassionate care, to lead in scientific and clinical advancement, and to prepare the next generation of leaders in child health. The synergy between the hospital's Research Institute and its patient care professionals leads to breakthroughs in treatment and, ultimately, prevention of childhood disease and injuries. For more information about The Hospital for Sick Children, please visit www.sickkids.ca.

PE Corporation comprises two operating groups. The Celera Genomics Group, headquartered in Rockville, Md., intends to become the definitive source of genomic and related medical information. The PE Biosystems Group (NYSE: PEB), now conducting business under the Applied Biosystems name, develops and markets instrument-based systems, reagents, software, and contract services to the life science industry and research community. Applied Biosystems is headquartered in Foster City, Calif., and reported sales of $1.4 billion during fiscal 2000.

For more information, visit http://www.pecorporation.com or call 240/453-3343.
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