"Today marks the one-year anniversary of the formal completion of the Human Genome Project and there are those who wonder where the benefits are from this feat of scientific investigation.
At a panel discussion sponsored by Rockefeller University last night, Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, addressed public reaction to completing the first version of the human genome sequence. In response to those who expressed disappointment that the promised benefits have not yet arrived, Collins said that getting the sequence was a bit "like opening a closet with too much stuff inside; it all sort of fell on us.""
New Scientist Final human genome sequence released
"This time it is the real thing, scientists promise - the complete sequence of human DNA, as perfectly rendered as it ever will be."
"Now, there are no substantial holes left in the string of three billion base units that make up our chromosomes and determine our biology. There are still parts that are technically unsequenceable, says Collins, "but it's only about 1.5 per cent. That's what we called the finishing line when we began this enterprise, and now we've actually done it.""
“Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.”BIOINFORMATICS IN THE 21st CENTURY
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