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November 2001

Thoughts on the Relationship of the Human Genome Project to Neurology

Arch Neurol. 2001;58(11):1764-1765. doi:10.1001/archneur.58.11.1764

THE SEQUENCING of the human genome is one of the landmark achievements of science.1,2 It has been appropriately compared with the Manhattan Project splitting the atom and the Space Program placing a human on the moon. These analogies are especially apt because they italicasize the magnitude of the achievement, the tremendous potential for improvement of society, and the uneasy feeling of unforeseen risk.

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