Tenth Anniversary of the Mapping of the Genome
"It's like Star Wars," a woman with the Huntington's disease mutation recently told me. This lethal gene had killed her relatives in every generation for hundreds of years, but she could now test her embryos to ensure that her children do not get it. "I don't understand it all," she told me, "but the peace of mind is huge."
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project, the successful mapping of the entire human genome, the 3 billion molecules that are the blueprints for us as human beings.