Mapping and sequencing the human genome [electronic resource] /
Committee on Mapping and Sequencing the Human Genome, Board on Basic Biology, Commission on Life Sciences, National Research Council.
Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1988.
x, 116 p. : ill.
0309038405 (pbk.), 9780309038409 (pbk.)
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Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1988.
0309038405 (pbk.)
9780309038409 (pbk.)
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-11:
Although the major focus of this volume by the Committee on Mapping and Sequencing the Human Genome is a discussion of how the effort to map and sequence the three billion nucleotides in the human genome may unfold, it also addresses the medical, ethical, and legal issues that might arise as a consequence of this project. The book's strength lies in the timely discussion and recommendation of technology available for mapping and sequencing the genome and for collecting and analyzing the information. The committee makes specific recommendations concerning funding and direction of the project: first, that support should be directed at groups with the greatest ability to develop new technology, not those with the greatest ability to generate the mapping and sequencing data; and second, that all decisions for funding be based on peer review. If these recommendations are followed, the committee does not believe the creativity or independence of small research groups will be threatened. The book also contains a discussion of the applications and implications for biology and medicine as well as some of the commercial, legal, and ethical issues that society will face as a result of this project. An invaluable reference not only for the scientist but also for the ethicist, political scientist, and philosopher, this timely publication belongs on the shelves of all college and university libraries. -J. R. Palisano, Emory and Henry College
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