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Human Genome Project Quotes


"The Human Genome Project has given us a genetic parts list." - Leroy Hood

"Some software is actually pretty good, by any standard. Think of the Mars Rovers, Google, and the Human Genome Project. Now, that's quality software!" - Bjarne Stroustrup

"We share half our genes with the banana. [After the announcement Jun 2000 that a working draft of the genetic sequence of humans had been completed by the Human Genome Project.]" - Robert May, Baron May of Oxford

"The overall view of the human genome project has been one of great excitement and positive press, but there are people who have concerns that are quite reasonable, and they are frightened of things they don't understand." - Thomas Cech

"The overall view of the human genome project has been one of great excitement and positive press, but there are people who have concerns that are quite reasonable, and they are frightened of things they don't understand." - Thomas R Cech

"One of the good things about the public Human Genome Project is that the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health spent a part of their budget on the ethical, legal, and social implications of their research." - Juan Enriquez

"Sometimes it is claimed by those who argue that race is just a social construct that the human genome project shows that because people share roughly 99% of their genes in common, that there are no races. This is silly." - J Philippe Rushton

"In the late 1970s, when I was a professor at Caltech, I pioneered four instruments for analyzing genes and proteins that revolutionized modern biology - and one of these, the automated DNA sequencer, enabled the Human Genome Project." - Leroy Hood

"During this period, I became interested in how the new techniques of cloning and sequencing DNA could influence the study of genetics and I was an early and active proponent of the Human Genome Sequencing Project." - Sydney Brenner

"As a Christian, but also as a scientist responsible for overseeing the Human Genome Project, one of my concerns has been the limits on applications of our understanding of the genome. Should there be limits? I think there should. I think the public has expressed their concern about ways this information might be misused." - Francis Collins

"Recently, results of the Human Genome Project have shattered one of Science's fundamental core beliefs, the concept of genetic determinism. We have been led to believe that our genes determine the character of our lives, yet new research surprisingly reveals that it is the character of our lives that controls our genes. Rather than being victims of our heredity, we are actually masters of our genome." - Bruce H. Lipton

"As was predicted at the beginning of the Human Genome Project, getting the sequence will be the easy part as only technical issues are involved. The hard part will be finding out what it means, because this poses intellectual problems of how to understand the participation of the genes in the functions of living cells." - Sydney Brenner

"In all probability the Human Genome Project will, someday, find that I carry some recessive gene for optimism, because despite all my best efforts I still can't scrape together even a couple days of hopelessness. Future scientists will call it the Pollyanna Syndrome, and if forced to guess, I'd say that mine has been a way-long case history of chasing rainbows." - Chuck Palahniuk

"The ever quickening advances of science made possible by the success of the Human Genome Project will also soon let us see the essences of mental disease. Only after we understand them at the genetic level can we rationally seek out appropriate therapies for such illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disease." - James D Watson

"When burned on a CD, the human genome is smaller than Microsoft Office." - Steve Jurvetson

"It is important to consider whether the sample size selected by the Environmental Genome Project will provide sufficient power to discover most alleles relevant to gene-environment interactions." - Samuel Wilson

"One of the responsibilities faced by the Environmental Genome Project is to provide the science base upon which society can make better informed risk management decisions." - Samuel Wilson

"Eventually we'll be able to sequence the human genome and replicate how nature did intelligence in a carbon-based system." - Bill Gates

"One of the big challenges now is to figure out just how many viruses there really are in the human genome. So far the estimate is 8.3% of our genome is virus, but it actually could be a lot higher." - Carl Zimmer

"I would like to do a series about sequencing the human genome, and also analyze more human diversity among other ethnic groups - a 'Faces of America 2.'" - Henry Louis Gates

"Human experience depends on everything that can influence states of the human brain, ranging from changes in our genome to changes in the global economy." - Sam Harris

"While the Environmental Genome Project does not seek to assign allele frequencies, we are aware of the importance of accurate allele frequency estimates for future epidemiologic studies and the large sample sizes such estimates will require." - Samuel Wilson

"I firmly believe that the next great breakthrough in bioscience could come from a 15-year-old who downloads the human genome in Egypt." - Thomas Friedman

"The human genome contains so much data that, it has been calculated, it would fill 43 volumes of Webster's International Dictionary." - Iain Mcgilchrist

"If we can put a man on the moon and sequence the human genome, we should be able to devise something close to a universal digital public library." - Peter Singer

"I would only once have the opportunity to let my scientific career encompass a path from the double helix to the three billion steps of the human genome." - James D Watson

"Genome sequencing has changed taxonomy." - Richard Dawkins

"We are here to celebrate the completion of the first survey of the entire human genome. Without a doubt, this is the most important, most wondrous map ever produced by human kind." - William J Clinton

"From the growth of the Internet through to the mapping of the human genome and our understanding of the human brain, the more we understand, the more there seems to be for us to explore." - Martin Rees

"The very genetic determinism I posited in World's End as a way of shaking off my inherited demons is being proven in fact as we map out the human genome." - T.C. Boyle

"If you use conventional data compression on the [human brain's] genome, you get about 23 million bytes (a small fraction of the size of Microsoft Word), which is a level of complexity we can handle." - Ray Kurzweil

"Plasticity is an intrinsic property of the human brain and represents evolution's invention to enable the nervous system to escape the restrictions of its own genome and thus adapt to environmental pressures, physiologic changes, and experiences." - Philippa Perry

"If you're looking for your own idea of your own identity you know the human genome may not be the best place to look for it. You're just looking at a bunch of viruses." - Carl Zimmer

"We have learned nothing from the genome." - Craig Venter

"I am thrilled to see my genome." - James D Watson

"Violating human rights is integral to the project of neoliberalism and global hegemony." - Arundhati Roy

"The earth is a fickle place for all life, not least the human project of civilization." - James Howard Kunstler

"A lot of people think PMI is the genome project 2.0. No. This is about all the influences on disease - genetics is in there, but the environment is in there as well, health choices, behaviors, all the factors that are important, otherwise we're not doing what we promised we would do - which is in a holistic way look at how people stay healthy or how do they fall ill." - Francis Collins

"About 1.2% of the human genome is made up of genes, things that encode for proteins, the stuff that we consider us. There is about 8.3% that's a virus. In other words we're probably about seven times more virus than we are human genes, which is kind of a weird way to thinking about yourself." - Carl Zimmer

"The brain is the most complicated organ in the universe. We have learned a lot about other human organs. We know how the heart pumps and how the kidney does what it does. To a certain degree, we have read the letters of the human genome. But the brain has 100 billion neurons. Each one of those has about 10,000 connections." - Francis Collins

"There's always a question when you invest. Are you too early, are you too late, or are you just right? And there was a lot of hype about life sciences, around the sequencing of the human genome and a lot of people concluded that's not really there. But by the way, there was a lot of hype around the digital revolution just about the time of 2000 and the human genome, and it turns out that some of the world's biggest, most powerful companies are the survivors post that crash." - Juan Enriquez

"Living in your genome is the history of our species." - Barry Schuler

"Human nature craves novelty." - Pliny The Elder

"...uncorny, human sized drama" - Ira Glass

"[Decoding the human genome sequence] is the most significant undertaking that we have mounted so far in an organized way in all of science. I believe that reading our blueprints, cataloguing our own instruction book, will be judged by history as more significant than even splitting the atom or going to the moon." - Francis Collins

"Although life is a continuous process, fertilization is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is thereby formed.... The combination of 23 chromosomes present in each pronucleus results in 46 chromosomes in the zygote. Thus the diploid number is restored and the embryonic genome is formed. The embryo now exists as a genetic unity." - Ronan O'Rahilly

"The human genome will not help us to understand the spiritual side of humankind, or to know who God is or what love is. The well-heeled couple who decide they want to use genetics to have a child that is a gifted musician may end up with a sullen adolescent who smokes marijuana and doesn't talk to them." - Francis Collins

"When I discover something about the human genome, I experience a sense of awe at the mystery of life, and say to myself, 'Wow, only God knew before.' It is a profoundly beautiful and moving sensation, which helps me appreciate God and makes science even more rewarding for me." - Francis Collins

"I'm fascinated with genetic science, and I have been for a very long time. I always look at science and technology because I think that the developments in my lifetime have been so remarkable - and we're only at the tip of the iceberg with projects like decoding the human genome." - Nick Rhodes

"Consider: The human genome consists of about 3.3 billion base pairs. Since there are only four types of pair, that amounts to 0.8 gigabytes of information, or about what you can fit on a CD. With a microwave radio transmitter, you could beam that amount of information into space in a few minutes, and have it travel to anyone at light speed." - Seth Shostak

"Human beings are co-partners with deity in the project of being. This is the basis of all magic." - Terence Mckenna

"You don't even know the sequences to the Human-Gnome Project, you haven't come to terms with your God yet." - Canibus

"We are undoing a pattern... It's the human pattern: we project onto the world a zillion possibilities of attaining resolution." - Pema Chodron

"If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas... Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy... Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer's... Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race." - Barack Obama

"We need other human beings in order to be human." - Desmond Tutu

"To love is human, it is also human to forgive." - Plautus

"There's more variation among human groups than between human groups." - Gloria Steinem

"Work done by human beings for human beings." - William Lethaby

"What we call human nature in actuality is human habit." - Jewel Kilcher

"The human heart finds nowhere shelter but in human kind." - George Eliot

"Fascists are not human. A snake is more human." - Hugo Chavez

"To be human is erroneous." - Karl Kraus

"Amiable weaknesses of human nature." - Edward Gibbon

"What is human is immortal!" - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"All human beings are entrepreneurs." - Reid Hoffman

"Mortality defines the human condition." - Drew Gilpin Faust

"Wrinkles happen to human beings." - Jennifer Aniston

"Big stories need human stakes." - Aaron Swartz

"We are embarking on the biggest project in human civilisation," he said. "We must ensure that the United States ... is part of such post-2012 arrangements." - Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

"Our biggest struggle as human beings is to project ourselves as something that society has deemed admirable or likable instead of being honest." - Matthew Shultz

"The moment you have children and a mortgage you want things to work; you're locked into the human project and you want it to flourish." - Ian Mcewan

"Your genome knows much more about your medical history than you do." - Danny Hillis

"Once we can manipulate our genome, Lamarckian fashion, the rate of change will be staggering." - J. Doyne Farmer

"Any virus that's been sequenced today - that genome can be made." - Craig Venter

"Fractals, the theory of relativity, the genome: these are magnificently beautiful constructs." - Adam Savage

"Heritability pertains to the entirety of the genome, not to a single gene." - Steven Pinker

"I never dreamed that in my lifetime my own genome would be sequenced." - James D Watson

"Your genome knows much more about your medical history than you do." - W Daniel Hillis

"Ours is not a dumb species. We have put a man on the moon. We have unlocked the secrets of the human genome. We have discovered how to take stem cells and coax them into becoming brain cells, heart muscle, liver tissue - any organ of the human body that needs repair. These are our miracles, and there are more. Yet we have not yet found a way to do the simplest things: To live in peace. To stop killing each other when we disagree. To distribute that which is good in life freely and fairly." - Neale Donald Walsch

"Education to perfect gentlemanship, to human excellence, liberal education consists in reminding oneself of human excellence, of human greatness." - Leo Strauss

"The pregnant quarry teem'd with human form." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Poetry fettered fetters the human race." - William Blake

"I hate babies. They're so human." - Hector Hugh Munro

"Marriage is the wastebasket for human emotions." - Sidney Webb, 1st Baron Passfield

"Human nature is a scoundrel's favorite explanation." - Mason Cooley

"Everyone needs help. That's the human condition." - Max Allan Collins

"You can't have occupation and human rights." - Christopher Hitchens

"Die,human! Die, silly polluting nasty person!" - Rick Riordan

"Most human beings still cannot trust love." - Paulo Coelho

"Thinking is the most overrated human activity." - Wendell Berry

"Human reason is by nature architectonic." - Immanuel Kant

"How embarrassing it is to be human." - Kurt Vonnegut

"What's important is to remain human." - Katerina Gogou

"Knowledge is boundless,-human capacity, limited." - Nicolas Chamfort

"The spiritual life is part of the human essence. It is a defining characteristic of human nature, without which human nature is not fully human." - Abraham Maslow

"Human reason can excuse any evil." - Veronica Roth

"Health is the greatest of human blessings." - Hippocrates

"The human soul is an abyss" - Fernando Pessoa

"God Tris, are you even human?" - Veronica Roth

"Listen, I'm not entirely comfortable being human." - Buddy Wakefield

"To err is human, to forgive supine." - S J Perelman

"you ca' use logic on human behavior." - Jeff Lindsay

"Hope burns eternal in the human heart." - O.R. Melling

"A kiss may ruin a human life" - Oscar Wilde

"Wilderness begins in the human mind." - Edward Abbey

"Nothing eases suffering like human touch." - Bobby Fischer

"What constitutes the authentic human being?" - Philip K Dick

"Human dignity is more precious than prestige...." - Claude Mckay

"Everything human is alien to me." - Patricia Highsmith

"In every human endeavor, persistence is everything." - Joan Rivers

"Mules and human jackasses are proverbially stubborn." - Thomas Chandler Haliburton

"Why.. is human desire so unsatisfying?" - Ai Yazawa

"Health is the core of human development" - Gro Harlem Brundtland

"I see God in every human being" - Mother Teresa

"Human unhappiness is evidence of our immortality." - Richard Rodriguez

"There is no accounting for human beings." - Mark Twain

"Data can actually make us more human." - Aaron Koblin

"Happiness is distraction from the human tragedy." - J.M. Reinoso

"That's not serious; it's just human." - Jerry Kopke

"My husband is a human pincushion." - Anonymous

"All deities reside in the human breast." - William Blake

"Die trying is the proudest human thing." - Robert A Heinlein

"Listen, I'm not entirely comfortable being human." - Buddy Wakefield

"To eat is human, to digest divine." - Charles T. Copeland

"A kiss may ruin a human life." - Oscar Wilde

"Tranquil pleasure constitutes human beings' supreme good" - Epicurus

"Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters." - Stephen King

"Die trying" is the proudest human thing." - Robert A Heinlein

"O freedom, first delight of human kind!" - John Dryden

"The human spirit must prevail over technology." - Albert Einstein

"There's nothing funnier than the human animal." - Walt Disney

"A human being is a deciding being." - Viktor E Frankl

"Why do people believe that there are dangerous implications of the idea that the mind is a product of the brain, that the brain is organized in part by the genome, and that the genome was shaped by natural selection?" - Steven Pinker

"If you know the mother's genome and the father's genome, and you see that the children have some genes that neither parent has, then you know that difference is either a mutation or a processing error." - Leroy Hood

"The genome is a book that wrote itself, continually adding, deleting and amending over four billion years." - Matt Ridley

"I think there are people who's lives have been saved because of the study of the genome." - Francis Collins

"War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice." - Norman Cousins

"However incoherent a human existence may be, human unity is not bothered by it." - Charles Baudelaire

"I don't like human nature, but I do like human beings." - Ellen Glasgow

"There is no deficit in human resources; the deficit is in human will." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"In the future every human shall see a hidden divinity in every fellow human." - Rudolf Steiner

"Just as women's rights are human rights, women's progress is human progress," - Hillary Clinton

"Personal liberty is the paramount essential to human dignity and human happiness." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"Observing human variety can give pleasure, but so too can human sameness." - Ian Mcewan

"Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings" - Ursula K Le Guin

"Dogs often remind us of the human, ail-too human. Cats, never." - Mason Cooley

"I liked human beings, but I did not love human nature." - Ellen Glasgow

"The use of words by human agents to form attitudes or induce actionsin other human agents." - Kenneth Burke

"I'm human, you're human, let me greet your humanness. Let's be people together for a while." - Anne Lamott

"Are all humans human? Or are some more human than others?" - Romeo Dallaire



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