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NRC OKs Long-Delayed Survey of Human Genome Diversity

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Science  24 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5338, pp. 568
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5338.568

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A proposed international survey of genetic variation across the entire human population just got a cautious nod of approval from the National Research Council (NRC), after having been mired in controversy for several years. In a report released on 21 October, a 17-person NRC committee of scientists, ethicists, and lawyers concluded that the Human Genome Diversity Project is worth pursuing because it can lead to a better understanding of the origin and evolution of humans. The committee recommended a less international, less technically ambitious project than initially envisioned, however, and also emphasized the need to protect the privacy and other rights of the participants.