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targets for the scientific community. Some
can be planned on specific timescales, others
are less amenable to that level of precision.
We list the grand challenges in an order that
makes logical sense, not representing priority. The challenges are broad in sweep, not
parochial — some can be led by the NHGRI
alone, whereas others will be best pursued
in partnership with other organizations.
Below, we clarify areas in which the NHGRI
intends to play a leading role.
NATURE | VOL 422 | 24 APRIL 2003 | www.nature.com/nature feature
The six critically important crosscutting
elements are relevant to all three thematic
areas. They are: resources (Box 1); technology development (Box 2); computational
biology (Box 3); training (Box 4); ethical,
legal and social implications (ELSI, Box 5);
and education (Box 6). We also stress the
critical importance of early, unfettered
access to genomic data in achieving maximum public benefit. Finally, we propose a
series of ‘quantum leaps’, achievements that
would lead to substantial ad...
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