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Human Genome Project- Are its benefits Greater than the Damage that can Occur The Human Genome Project is the mapping of the approximate 100000 genes found on human chromosomes The 13-year project begun in 1990 by scientists in bases all over the world one of the most important are the US Australia Brazil Canada China Denmark European Union France Germany Israel Italy Japan Korea Mexico Netherlands Russia Sweden and United Kingdom The project was planned to last fifteen years but rapid technological advances confirm the genes all genes will be located by 2003 A genome is all the DNA deoxyribonucleic acid in an organism Genes carry information necessary for the making of making the proteins that determine how an organism looks how well its body metabolizes food fights diseases and even how one behaves The research done by this problem will benefit biologists and scientists in other field for generations to come It will provide detailed DNA information that will be the key to understanding the structure organization and function of DNA in our 26 pairs of chromosomes Gene maps of other organisms will provide the basis for comparative studies that serve for understanding complex biological systems However some ethical or religious legal and social issues will arise There is question about the fairness in the use of genetic information by insurance companies employers courts schools adoption agencies law enforcement and military Who will have access to your genetic information and how will they use it This is one of the legal arguments that are still to be decided Religious problems are based on the idea that babies should be fertilized naturally be born naturally and die if God intended that for them With the new technologies parents will be able to view their offsprings life before they are born killing them if their futures dont look worthy- a great example is the abortion of down-syndrome babies Social issues have developed
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