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TitleOrigins of the Human Genome Project
Author(s)Cook-Deegan, Robert (Affiliation: Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences)
Publication DateJuly 1993
Report NumberDOE/ER/61577--T2
Unique IdentifierACC0035
Other NumbersOSTI ID: 758721
Contract NoFG02-93ER61577
Sponsoring OrgDOE Office of Energy Research (ER)
Other InformationFranklin Pierce Law Center Conference, July 1993
Subject59 Basic Biological Sciences; 29 Energy Planning, Policy, and Economy
KeywordsGenetic Mapping; Man
Related Web PagesHuman Genome Research: Decoding DNA
AbstractThe human genome project was borne of technology, grew into a science bureaucracy in the United States and throughout the world, and is now being transformed into a hybrid academic and commercial enterprise. The next phase of the project promises to veer more sharply toward commercial application, harnessing both the technical prowess of molecular biology and the rapidly growing body of knowledge about DNA structure to the pursuit of practical benefits. Faith that the systematic analysis of DNA structure will prove to be a powerful research tool underlies the rationale behind the genome project. The notion that most genetic information is embedded in the sequence of CNA base pairs comprising chromosomes is a central tenet. A rough analogy is to liken an organism's genetic code to computer code. The coal of the genome project, in this parlance, is to identify and catalog 75,000 or more files (genes) in the software that directs construction of a self-modifying and self-replicating system -- a living organism.
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