From the New York Times today:
That’s right, just another tax-funded scientific breakthrough.
The ENCODE project, led by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), a part of the National Institutes of Health, has produced “a dynamic picture of how the human genome does its job.” It fundamentally changes what we know about diseases from multiple sclerosis, arthritis, celiac, Crohn’s, diabetes, and cancer.
Each year, Americans invest about $500 million in the NHGRI. That is money well spent. Scientists have called these results “a stunning resource” that will “drive science forward.” The massive database, the equivalent of “Google Maps” for human DNA, is freely available on the Internet, so researchers all over the world can use it to combat disease.