Chapter 4 - The Human Genome Project

Chapter 4 - The Human Genome Project - Psyc2344 September...

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Psyc2344 September 19, 2007 The Human Genome Project The Human Genome project which began in 1990 and completed in 2003 was the research of the genetic make-up of humans. This investigation caused a boom in the study of genetics. It made people curious about what genes are and how they function in our bodies. It also gave people the opportunity to research about the causes of illnesses which were caused by genes and their mutations. The completion of this project was a major step in the research of the development in the human body. There were five goals to this project and they were: 1. to identify all the approximately 20,000-25,000 genes in human DNA, 2. determine the sequence of the 3 billion chemical base pairs that make up human DNA, 3. storing the sequences in a database, 4. improve tools for data analysis, and 5. transferring related technologies to the private sector. Like many research studies in science, it was controversial. The project emerged implications of legal, ethical, and social issues. On the other hand, the results from this
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