The Human Genome Project (HGP) deciphered the entirety of the human genetic code in just over a decade. Though science and medicine will take some time to sift through all of this information and make hay of it, the project, which cost US taxpayers nearly 4 billion dollars, has already had a tangible impact on the US economy by jumpstarting the booming genomics industry.
Along with all of the supporting suppliers and technology companies, the industry has spawned hundreds of thousands of jobs and helped drive a total economic impact of nearly $800 billion, according to a study released yesterday (May 10) by Battelle, an independent science and technology research and development organization."I can't imagine a scientific undertaking sponsored by the federal government that has had this kind of fundamental impact and drive on the US economy," said Simon Tripp of linkurl:Battelle,;http://www.battelle.org/ the report's primary author. While...
The ScientistCorrection: This story has been updated from its original version to correctly state that Donna Arnett is the president elect of the entire American Heart Association. regrets the error.
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