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October 11, 2000

Human Genome ProjectControlling Our Destinies: Historical, Philosophical, Ethical, and Theological Perspectives on the Human Genome Project

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;284(14):1854. doi:10.1001/jama.284.14.1854-JBK1011-2-1

The front page of the May 7, 2000, Sunday New York Times ran a brief "teaser" to draw attention to an article inside the paper. It began: "The competition to decode the human genome is entering its final round. Within weeks, biologists are expected to declare they have effectively deciphered the instruction manual to human development, operation, and maintenance." What a stunning metaphor!—the genome as the directions needed to produce us, make us function, and keep us repaired. Descartes brought us to the machine, but how did we get to the all-powerful gene?

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