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The effort underway is unlike anything ever before attempted if successful it could lead to our ultimate control of human disease aging and death Thomas Lee Does the Human Genome Project affect the moral standards of society Can the information produced by it become a beneficial asset or a moral evil Ultimately it is true that powerful tools are subject to great abuse Knowledge of genetics is a powerful tool and could be abused by a government which is a central reason this proposal is limited to voluntary individual choice Many tools are powerful in our modern society Genetics particularly of a large population cannot be quickly changed Tyrants like Hitler or Stalin may be interested in genetics and attempt to manipulate the gene pool but do not have generations to wait The Human Genome Project is a worldwide investigative effort with the goal of analyzing the structure of human DNA and determining the location of the estimated 100000 human genes Hudson Along the way they hope to understand the basis of and maybe even develop methods of treating certain genetic diseases such as Alzheimers and Muscular Dystrophy The plan is to do this by identifying the DNA sequence of an abnormal gene in which a disease originates and comparing it with the data of a normal or healthy gene But does the project affect the moral standards of society Can the information produced by it become a beneficial asset or a moral evil The project began in the mid 1980s and was widely adopted within the scientific community and public press through the last half of that decade In the United States the Department of EnergyDOE initially and the National Institutes of Health NIH soon after were the main research agencies within the US government responsible for developing and planning the project The two joined forces and became The National Center for Human Genome Research NCHGR Lewis From the beginning of the human genome
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