Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Human Genome Project

The U.S. Human Genome Project (HGP), composed of the DOE and NIH Human Genome Programs, is the national coordinated effort to characterize all human genetic material by determining the complete sequence of the DNA in the human genome. The HGP's ultimate goal has been to discover all the more than 30,000 human genes and render them accessible for further biological study.

(The Department of Energy has a Human Genome program - Hmmm...)

genome.gov - The National Human Genome Research Institute

The GDB Human Genome Database - The Official World-Wide Database for the Annotation of the Human Genome.

Human Genetic Engineering

Here are some resources for those who wish to check out recent developments in Human genetic engineering:

Human Genetics Alert (HGA) is an independent watchdog group based in London, UK, and is funded by a leading British charity. They are not opposed to genetic research. However, they are opposed to some developments, such as genetic discrimination, cloning and inheritable ('germ line') genetic engineering of human beings.

(germ-line engineering of human beings is not necessarily a bad thing, in our opinion)

Genetic Engineering and Its Dangers, Compiled by Professor Ron Epstein.

What is Genetic Engineering?

Genetic Engineering at Air Academy High School. Lots of interesting stuff here.