Briefly discuss the pros and cons regarding government-sponsored research versus private industry-sponsored research.
The Human Genome Project began with two goals: to know the sequence of genes on all the human chromosomes and to know the sequence of bases on all the human chromosomes. With this information, individuals with genetic defects could be identified and receive treatment.
Initially, the Human Genome Project was done by government-sponsored labs. Currently, pharmaceutical companies want to sponsor specific researchers because they hope to get a head start on possible drug remedies for genetic illnesses.
1. Briefly comment on the effects that sequencing the human genome could have on the human population.
2. Briefly discuss the pros and cons regarding government-sponsored research versus private industry-sponsored research.