The Human Genome

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Carina Dennis, Richard B. Gallagher
Nature/Palgrave, 2001 - Science - 140 pages
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The sequencing of the human genome has been hailed as the most ground breaking scientific event of the new century. It offers the exciting prospect of fresh insights into our collective history, our shared identity and our individuality, and opens up important possibilities for the identification, treatment and prevention of disease. Not since Crick and Watson's seminal paper on the structure of DNA has a scientific publication been greeted with so much public expectation for a new understanding of the basis of life itself. In this illustrated account, written and compiled by Carina Dennis and Richard Gallagher of Nature, the genome project is made accessible for a general readership. It offers an introduction to the basic biology and techniques, a guide to the main players and events in the history of genetic science, and a range of viewpoints on its impact and reception around the world, in addition to the full text of the research paper itself.

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About the author (2001)

Carina Dennis and Richard Gallagher, editors at Nature, the world's leading scientific weekly, were central figures in the publication of the seminal research on the sequencing of the human genome, teaming up to handle submission, scientific assessment and editing of the historic research papers that filled the pages of the journal in February 2001.

CARINA DENNIS is Senior Editor at Nature responsible for genetics and genomics, based in Washington DC. Carina originally joined Nature's London office following completion of a PhD at Oxford University in 1996. She moved to Nature's sister journal Nature Genetics, based in New York City in 1997, before rejoining Nature early in 2000.

RICHARD GALLAGHER joined Nature as Chief Biology Editor in the Autumn of 1999. Richard was previously Deputy Managing Editor at Science magazine and Wellcome Trust Lecturer in Immunology at Trinity College Dublin, and has a PhD from Glasgow University. He is currently Publisher of Nature.

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