Local Experts Hail Genome Breakthrough

By: Jeremy Ross
By: Jeremy Ross

The completion of the human genetic code project drew praise and awe from scientists across the nation, but locally some MSU professors believe more research and ethical introspection is necessary.

MSU Professor Shelagh Ferguson-Miller said the genome project is a breakthrough day for science, but the fruits of those labors will only be realized when the products of those sequenced genome – proteins—are further studied.

She claims the proteins are the keys to finding out the cause of diseases like Diabetes and Cancer and ultimately finding a cure.

Alternatively MSU Professor Leonard Fleck, of the philosophy department, says the ethical implications should be studied as diligently.

He claims that if insurance companies used genetic information, people could be charged based on their future health and perhaps even denied coverage.


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