Scientists Announce Human Genome Project

Posted: Jun 3 2016, 7:07am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Scientists Announce Human Genome Project
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  • Scientists Announce Project–Write for Making Synthetic Human Genome

Several scientists met recently in a covert manner. They plan on creating the very first human genome sometime in the future.

A group of scientists announced the beginning of a decade-long project. The goal of the Human Genome Project "HGP-Write" is the synthesis of the human genome.

Especially the chemical manufacture of DNA is the starting point from which this project seeks its inspiration. Yet the critical stage will have been reached when an entire human genome will have been created from scratch.

News of the project were leaked a month ago. A storm in a teacup has been let loose thanks to the nature of the project. It raises very thorny ethical issues that do not have an easy resolution.

The problem is that such a project may even be used later on to create babies (or rather designer babies) without the need for any biological parents. Also the hushed-up attitude surrounding the meeting was something which raised many hackles.

People think of science as something which is a public phenomenon and not secretive at all. Harvard Medical School was the venue where this meeting took place. The participants and organizers adopted a covert stance to avoid undue attention. The proposal were printed in a journal.

The creation of large amounts of DNA would be helpful in medical and scientific advancement. Among the benefits that will accrue are resistance to bacteria and viruses and also the creation of pig organs that can be transplanted into human beings.

A nonprofit group is responsible for funding this venture. This year alone, it will raise a $100 million from public and private sectors. The final price that must be paid will be close to a billion dollars. Aid from the federal government is still a moot point.

Some spokespersons from governmental sources of funding showed their reluctance in allowing such a project to advance till its denouement. They said that the time was not right for such bold and intrepid adventurism into areas the consequences of which we hardly knew anything about.

There are a number of ethical and philosophical questions that pop up and need to be answered before such a project is even conceivable in the human mind.

The project is termed Write since it aims at writing the DNA of life. The erstwhile Human Genome Project was completed ten years back.

Since the price of sequencing DNA has become dirtcheap, such ventures are thought of as a lucrative deal from the scientific point of view. Yet they carry risks of which mankind is only too cognizant.

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