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Human Genome News, January-June 1997; 8:(3-4)

Booklet on Genetics

Your Genes, Your Choices: Exploring the Issues Raised by Genetic Research is a color-illustrated, 90-page booklet designed for adults with low literacy skills. Funded by the DOE Human Genome Program and written on the 6th- to 8th-grade level by Catherine Baker, the booklet describes the Human Genome Project; the science behind it; and selected ethical, legal, and social issues that can affect individuals in their daily lives.

As part of the Science + Literacy for Health Project directed by Maria Sosa for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the booklet is accompanied by a curriculum, implementation framework, short video on genetics, database of resources, and fact sheets to assist others in preparing easy-to-read materials about the Human Genome Project. The goal is to disseminate project materials to libraries and community organizations carrying out literacy programs throughout the United States.

The booklet is on the Web (http://ehrweb.aaas.org/ehr/books/index.html), and individual copies are available for a nominal fee from Sosa (202/326-6453, Fax: /371-9849, msosa@aaas.org).

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The electronic form of the newsletter may be cited in the following style:
Human Genome Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Human Genome News (v8n3).

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.