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What is the Human Genome Project? Benefits of This Scientific Undertaking

written by: Leigh A. Zaykoski•edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski•updated: 11/30/2008

The Human Genome Project has given scientists great insight into the genetic makeup of humans. Learn about why this project was done and the benefits we've already seen from it.

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    With the fast developments in genome science, the Human Genome Project is considered an important project that allows for the discovery of disease-carrying genes. The main advantage of this project is that it allows the scientist to understand the genes' functions and their effects on many common and complex diseases. Scientists are completing in-depth research in this field and this research may be beneficial for future generations in fighting against diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and many life-altering illnesses. The Human Genome Project enables us to understand how genes will affect diseases for future generations. This project is developing quickly and has become an important and challenging project for scientists. Analysis of many hereditary disorders will be possible and certain complex diseases may be kept under control using the information found in this project.

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    The Human Genome Project and Molecular Medicine

    The Human Genome Project is already having a great impact on the biomedical field and this research is currently used the most in molecular medicine. Molecular medicine is nothing but recognizing the symptoms and basic causes of disease. The study of molecular medicine helps in preventing conditions that lead to advanced disease and has led to many exciting developments in the field of medical science. Along with advantages, the Human Genome Project has some issues regarding the money that has been spent on this project and whether this project can benefit poor countries. As we closely look at the intentions of this project, one must realize that this project can really benefit all countries in fighting against serious diseases.

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    Human Genome Research Applications

    Many studies and research done on various plants and mice have proved successful in furthering the goals of the Human Genome Project. Many minute microorganisms have been discovered and have enabled scientists to recognize the minimum number of genes required for life. As a result, this project has many advantages to follow and may help allow humans to lead a peaceful, disease-free life.