The Human Genome Project (HGP) began October of 1990. By June 2000, a complete draft of the human genome was announced. The current director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), Dr. Eric Green, calls this period of time the “Genomic Era.” To magnify its goal of improving human health, Dr. Green is developing a new strategic plan, to be achieved by the end of 2010. The NHGRI is studying cancer, genetic abnormalities, inherited diseases, and bioethics. They are also developing and evaluating technologies to improve performance of genome analysis.
Who will pay for testing? To what uses will my genetic information be put? How do I know investigators will maintain confidence? How will physicians and insurance agencies be affected? Find relevant answers to these and other questions in articles written by informed Bright Hub contributors.
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