Interviewee: Eric Lander.
Eric Lander talks about the role of the Human Genome Project.
The old child's story of the blind man and the elephant, that you've got these men, these blind men trying to describe the elephant, one's feeling the tail, one's feeling the trunk, one's feeling the ear, I mean that's, that's how cancer research had been. You know, somebody would be feeling the tail and saying ah, the important thing about cancer is this long ropey thing here, or this you know, funny, funny nosey thing here. And of course it's all that, and it's only if you stand back and see the whole elephant. So the genome project's real role in bio-tech and in basic science is the same, it's to let us see the big picture.
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