Two Decades Beyond The First Full Map Of Human DNA
In February 2001, the international group of scientists striving to sequence the human genome in its entirety hit a milestone: a draft of the complete sequence was published in the journals Nature and Science.
The project took 13 years to complete: In that time, genome sequencing became faster and cheaper, and computational biology ascended as a discipline. It laid the groundwork for the greater cooperation and open data practices that have made rapid vaccine development possible during the pandemic. In the decades since, researchers have been trying to better understand how genetics impact health. We’re still working toward the dream of personalized treatments based on a person’s specific genetic risks.
Then, with bioinformatician Dina Zielinski and Indigenous geneticist-bioethicist Krystal Tsosie, he looks to the contemporary hurdles for genetic research, including privacy, commercialization, and the sovereignty of Indigenous peoples over their own genetic data.
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Shirley Tilghman is a molecular biologist. She’s the former president of Princeton University, and a former member of the National Advisory Council for the Human Genome Project at the National Institutes of Health.
Krystal Tsosie is an indigenous geneticist-bioethicist, a PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University, and co-founder of the Native BioData Consortium in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dina Zielinski is a bionfomatician in the Paris Transplant Group, lead scientist at Cibiltech, and a PhD candidate in bioinformatics at Sorbonne University in Paris, France.
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