Who is doing this?

The research for this project is being done by hundreds of different scientists around the world. Universities, corporations, individuals and governments are all participating in this endeavor. The American project is by far the best organized and the best funded (Wilkie 3). It is also the only project that is allocating some funds to explore the questions of morality, ethics and legal issues. Only one to three percent of the budget for this project is actually being invested in the study of the social implications that this project will have (Caplan 304).

The two agencies of the U.S. government that are most involved in this research are the National Institute of Health and the Department of Energy. Links to these informative sites can be found by clicking on the bibliography. These links also include in-depth information regarding the moral and legal issues that are being studied.

The Department of Energy, a major financial contributor, justified spending millions of dollars to explore the human genome as a way to encourage the development of supercomputers (Davis 21). Since the genome contains more than three billion chemical combinations, only supercomputers would be able to process the data and file it.

The most important facet to be concerned with in the who's who of this program is the private corporations. No business in the world would spend millions of dollars on research for just for good will. The pharmaceutical companies that are putting together the blue print for man are doing it for profit. With money as their primary goal, it would not be shocking if they were to overlook obvious moral and ethical problems in the search for miracle drugs and miracle profits.


Christopher Myles cmyles@ufl.edu