Website Search
ID 15078

Media attention to Human Genome Project, Francis Collins

Description:
Interviewee: Francis Collins. Francis Collins, the director of the public project, talks about the media attention, and what it missed during the "race" coverage. (DNAi Location: Genome > The project > Players > Competition and the media > Media: a two-edged sword)
Transcript:
Well I think all the media attention to the Genome Project was sort of a two-edged sword. It was a good thing because it brought public attention to a project that really hadn't received a lot of recognition and yet which had the potential to change the world, and will change the world, and yet most people until '99 or so hadn't really heard of it, didn't have a sense what was happening or why it mattered. Now all of a sudden there's a story every week, usually a story about the race to sequence the human genome. The down side of it was the stories in general, although there were exceptions, didn't do a very good job of explaining the science, didn't really convey the historic nature of this, didn't really convey the medical significance or the societal significance.
Keywords:
human genome project,medical significance,edged sword,dnai,race coverage,media attention,interviewee,public attention,good job,exceptions,science,francis collins
Downloads:
Creative Commons License This work by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

Related content:

15568. Craig Venter and Francis Collins
The leaders of the private and public genome projects, Craig Venter and Francis Collins.
15317. The Human Genome Project race didn't matter, Eric Lander
Eric Lander, director of the Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research, talks about where he thinks media attention should have been focused.
15341. The human genome sequencing
Ari Patrinos, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's sequencing effort and friend to the leaders of both projects, speaks about the media surrounding the Human Genome Project.
16821. Video 39: Francis S. Collins, clip 6
Medical advances that will spring from the Project.
15077. DNA perfume and improving public knowledge, Francis Collins
DNA perfume and improving public knowledge, Francis Collins
16126. Response of the media, John Sulston
John Sulston talks about response of the media.
15076. From ignorance into knowledge, Francis Collins
Francis Collins, the second director of the Human Genome Project, tells of his excitement about the project.
15368. The "race" between private and public sequencing projects, Craig Venter
Craig Venter, leader of the private effort at Celera Genomics, speaks about the excitement the race to sequence the human genome generated.
15073. Completion of a draft of the human genome, Bill Clinton
President William (Bill) Clinton talks about completion of a draft of the human genome.
16831. Biography 39: Francis Collins (1950 - )
Francis Collins Craig Venter represent the federally-funded and the commercial efforts of the Human Genome Project.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
CSHL HomeAbout CSHLResearchEducationPublic EventsNewsstandPartner With UsGiving