First reactions to the Human Genome Project, James Watson
Interviewee: James Watson.
Nobel Laureate James Watson, the first director of the Human Genome Project, talks about his first reaction to the idea.
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My first reaction to the Human Genome Project was negative. Why do the human when we hadn't done the bacteria? It just seemed a big jump ahead and requiring more money than they were likely to get. I changed my mind pretty fast because these discussions, while they sort of started independent of human genetics, soon became entangled with it and it was clear that we were going to get better genetic maps and we were going to have better chances of isolating disease genes if we went for the Human Genome Project.
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