Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Genome Research

Publication Date

2001

Page Number

659

Keywords

human genome project, discrimination, ethical & social implications, privacy

Disciplines

Genetics and Genomics | Law | Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Abstract

The completion of the rough draft of the human genome is a scientific feat worthy of celebration. But the media attention that has been devoted to the Human Genome Project demonstrates that most people are not as interested in what the sequence is as in what it means for individuals and for society, for good or for ill. My purpose in writing this essay is to discuss how the project was conducted here in the United States, and some of the implications of knowing the sequence (or more aptly, a sequence).

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