February 11, 2011

Human Genome Project: The Best is Yet to Come

Editorial, Nature


Former US president Bill Clinton called it the “most important, most wondrous map ever produced by humankind”. To then UK prime minister Tony Blair, it was a “breakthrough that takes humankind across a frontier and into a new era”. His science minister David Sainsbury said: “We now have the possibility of achieving all we ever hoped for from medicine.” When Nature published a 62-page article on 15 February 2001 titled 'Initial sequencing and analysis of the human genome' it is not difficult to see why the world got excited. Perhaps, even, a little overexcited. One of our editors, Henry Gee, penned a newspaper piece at the time that promised, by 2099, “genomics will allow us to alter entire organisms out of all recognition, to...

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