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brigaither | Student | Honors

Posted August 14, 2012 at 4:09 PM via web

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describe at least one societal issue that scientists will be able too address using the genome sequence

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM (Answer #1)

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When the human genome project was completed in 2003, the data compiled about the 20,000-25,000 human genes will be used for many purposes. Actually, 3 percent of its annual Human Genome Project budget was for ethical, legal and social issues.  In terms of a social issue, it has been determined from DNA studies that there are no separate races that exist within modern humans. That basically, the slight differences among various ethnic groups are based on living in a similar region for many generations and having certain genes and traits in common. These traits were selected for as an adaptation to a specific habitat and environment. However, these traits do not mean there are separate subspecies of modern humans, that we are only one species. Maybe the concept of race and various prejudices people may harbor, may someday become a thing of the past, as we are all more alike than we think.

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