The human genome project after a decade: Policy issues

John Burris, Robert Cook-Deegan, Bruce Alberts

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The Human Genome Project began a decade ago, its early momentum fueled by two reports. A report from the National Research Council (NRC) in February 1998 endorsed the project and provided the basis for the first joint plan by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Energy (DOE). A report from the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) in April 1988, provided Congress with a means to assess the roles of NIH and DOE. Both reports highlighted the importance of genomics and emphasized the need for a concerted research program. The committees did not predict the large investment of private funds or the extensive patenting of sequences, and they underestimated the rate of progress. Overall, though, the consensus-building provided by the committees helped to set the blueprint for one of the great success stories in modern biology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-335
Number of pages3
JournalNature Genetics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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