'A Project Justified by Its Public Relations Value'

The genome. project... seems a ploy to raise money, a project justified by its public relations value, not its scientific value... We stand now at a moment of great opportunity. We have, a low-resolution map of much of the human genome and it is sure to improve. We have the skills to develop clone banks, high-resolution maps and rapid sequencing techniques. We can do what we have always done: each of us can apply these techniques as we see fit. We can distribute our efforts over various exper

David Baltimore
Mar 6, 1988
The genome. project... seems a ploy to raise money, a project justified by its public relations value, not its scientific value...

We stand now at a moment of great opportunity. We have, a low-resolution map of much of the human genome and it is sure to improve. We have the skills to develop clone banks, high-resolution maps and rapid sequencing techniques. We can do what we have always done: each of us can apply these techniques as we see fit. We can distribute our efforts over various experimental systems: mice, flies and simpler organisms. We can set priorities: first, sequence important DNA, such as genes, then focus on discrete chromosomal regions that look most promising. And we can work closely with our colleagues abroad to see that this doesn't become a matter of national pride but rather a world-wide effort to learn all we can about how DNA directs the...

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