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February 14, 2001

Experts Wrestle With Social, Ethical Implications of Human Genome Research

JAMA. 2001;285(6):721-722. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-285-6-jmn0214

Washington—At the end of a 3-day conference last month on the ethical, legal, and social repercussions of the genetic revolution, National Human Genome Research Institute director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, launched into cheerleader mode, urging the assembled researchers to design "truly exciting research agendas." He then rushed off to the White House for a final meeting with President Clinton and the latter's closest health advisors.

That Collins rated a place at the governmental head table is testament to the grandness of the genome project and all of its spin-offs, an enormous academic and industrial complex devoted to mining genomic ore for medical gold.

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