Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Human Genome Program
Human Genome News Archive Edition
| Available in PDF
In this issue...
In the News
Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues and Educational Resources
Genetics in Medicine
Web, Other Resources, Publications
Meeting Calendars & Acronyms
DOE Biological and Environmental Research Helps Fuel "Biology Century"
Taking advantage of the wealth of information generated by the "new biology" of the Human Genome Project, DOE's Life Sciences Division is funding $16 million in projects that focus on high-throughput approaches to solving complex biological problems related to DOE's diverse missions. The research, which is taking place at 5 DOE national laboratories and 13 universities and research institutions, will address unresolved issues in the following 4 major areas.
Biochemical Potential of Microbes
Health Risks from Low-Level Exposures to Radiation and Other Energy-Related By-Products
"Engineered" Biomolecules for Use in Energy Production, Environmental Cleanup, Drug Design, and Industry
New Genetic Information from Mice, Yeast, and Fruit Flies for Understanding Human Gene Functions More Quickly
DOE's life sciences research program began more than 50 years ago to study the health effects of radiation, initially focusing on epidemiological studies of exposed people and genetic studies in animals. Nearly 15 years ago, DOE started planning its Human Genome Program to obtain DNA sequencing and analysis technologies and information at the genetic level regarding the effects of radiation and energy production on biological systems. In seeking to translate genomics for applications in diverse fields, DOE is helping to usher in what has been called the "biology century."
The electronic form of the newsletter may be cited in the following style:
The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international 13-year effort, 1990 to 2003. Primary goals were to discover the complete set of human genes and make them accessible for further biological study, and determine the complete sequence of DNA bases in the human genome. See Timeline for more HGP history.
Published from 1989 until 2002, this newsletter facilitated HGP communication, helped prevent duplication of research effort, and informed persons interested in genome research.