Unformatted text preview: (and rather disappointing) if biological, medical and social contexts
did not change in unpredictable ways. That
reality requires that this vision be revisited
on a regular basis.
In conclusion, the successful completion
this month of all of the original goals of the
HGP emboldens the launch of a new phase
for genomics research, to explore the
remarkable landscape of opportunity that
now opens up before us. Like Shakespeare,
we are inclined to say, “what’s past is prologue” (The Tempest, Act II, Scene 1). If we,
like bold architects, can design and build this
unprecedented and noble structure, resting
on the firm bedrock foundation of the
HGP (Figure 2), then the true promise
of genomics research for benefiting
humankind can be realized.
NATURE | VOL 422 | 24 APRIL 2003 | www.nature.com/nature “Make no little plans; they have no magic
to stir men’s blood and probably will
themselves not be realized. Make big plans;
aim high in hope and work, remembering
that a noble, logical diagram once recorded
will not die, but long after we are gon...
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