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Human Genome News, May 1990; 2(1)

1988 Memorandum Sets Foundation for Interagency Cooperation

Because both DOE and NIH have major research interests in the Human Genome Project and because of the need for centralized planning and coordination of the 15-year project, NIH and DOE signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding in the fall of 1988 "to foster interagency cooperation that will enhance the human genome research capabilities of both agencies."

The document, which provides the foundation for NIH-DOE collaboration to achieve the goals of the U.S. Human Genome Project, calls for regular meetings of the Joint NIH-DOE Subcommittee on the Human Genome. The subcommittee is made up of members of the NIH Program Advisory Committee on the Human Genome and the DOE Health and Environmental Research Advisory Committee.

In addition, the joint subcommittee has established joint working groups on mapping, on informatics, and on the ethical, legal, and social issues stemming from the genome project.


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