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The Human Genome Project

The human genome project
Stephen Hilgartner

THE leaders of the Human Genome Initiative (HGI) argue that in the next century genetic map and sequence data will utterly transform biology, biotechnology, and medicine. They see map and sequence data as providing the major database for biology in the next century. They envision, as Walter Gilbert (1991) puts it, a dramatic “paradigm shift”: With all the genes identified and available in computerized data banks, biologists will cease to attack problems in a “solely experimental” manner; increasingly, the field will become a “theoretical” science. The computer terminal will grow as important as the lab bench, as sophisticated algorithms are used to search through masses of sequence data, identifying patterns, comparing structures, and tracing the evolution of ...

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