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Plain Talk about the Human Genome Project

"Plain Talk about the Human Genome Project" is the title of a book recently published by Tuskegee University.

To promote awareness of the Project, Tuskegee University provided a forum so that educators, students, researchers, health care professionals and the general public could learn more about the Project. The fall 1996 Conference on the Human Genome Project dealt not only with the promise which the science of the HGP offers but the ethical, legal and social risks involved-including matters dealing with race and diversity.

The speakers comprised a stellar group of some of the principal scientists, ethicists and other respected commentators integrally involved in the science of the Project or articulate about its risks. To reach a wider public, Tuskegee University recently published the papers.

The book contains the papers given at the conference, co-chaired by Drs. Edward Smith and Walter Sapp, editors of the book. Contributors took the opportunity to update their papers, if needed, as late as the fall of 1997.

The 292-page paperback ( $14.95) contains DOE's "Primer on Molecular Genetics" and Glossary for those unfamiliar with the science along with an annotated list of useful websites for educators. A list of the contributors and chapter titles as well as ordering and educational discount information can be accessed at: [url no longer available].


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Human Genome Project 1990–2003

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.

Human Genome News

Published from 1989 until 2002, this newsletter facilitated HGP communication, helped prevent duplication of research effort, and informed persons interested in genome research.