Human Genome Project - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Philosophy

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 11 pages of information about Human Genome Project.
This section contains 3,258 words
(approx. 11 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Human Genome Project Encyclopedia Article

Worthwhile Science?

The big epistemological question that has haunted the HGP is whether it should have been done in the first place. As it was being discussed, many top-notch molecular biologists argued that it was unneeded and would divert resources and attentions from far more worthwhile projects. They felt that the project was motivated mainly by biologists who, feeling insecure around physical scientists, wanted their own equivalent of the moon-landing project—and it would have about as much scientific value.

Concerns such as this keep reappearing. Simply given a list of bases seems to have little or no scientific merit. The philosopher Alex Rosenberg gives a memorable metaphor. Imagine two stacks of phone books twisted around each other in a helix and reaching a mile and a half into the sky. The covers have been removed so each book leads at once to the next; the...

(read more)

This section contains 3,258 words
(approx. 11 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Human Genome Project Encyclopedia Article
Copyrights
Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Human Genome Project from Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Copyright © 2001-2006 by Macmillan Reference USA, an imprint of the Gale Group. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook