The Human Genome Project is a 13 year effort coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health to:
(1) identify all of the approximate 30,000 genes in human DNA;
(2) Determine the sequences of the 3 billion chemical base pairs that make up human DNA;
(3) store this information in databases;
(4) improve tools for data analysis;
(5) transfer related technologies to all sectors;
(6) address the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) that may arise from the project;
(7) to train scientists who will be able to use the tools and resources developed through the HGP to improve health
(8) provide internships in order to encourage minority students to pursue the sciences, biotechnology, and scientific research.
The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority National Educational Foundation has been assisted by funding from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., The United States Department of Energy, The National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, the Consumer Health Foundation, Merck Research Laboratories, Kaiser Permanente, the March of Dimes, Benedict College, and Howard University.
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