The Genomics Revolution and the Origin of Humanity
Aug 04, 2006 08:00 AM
Aug 05, 2006 07:00 PM
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The sequencing of the human genome is hailed as a scientific breakthrough in that it opens the human genetic blueprint to investigations of all questions ranging from human origins to the understanding of our humanity (language, music. mind) and health and complex diseases. How we differ from each other and from our closest biological relative (the Chimps), how interactions between genes and culture have shaped our humanity, how the brain works, what are the molecular basis of complex diseases, and why we age, are among some of the important questions that can now be pursued with molecular technology that is developing at a dizzy pace as a result of the sequencing of the human genomes.