A database of genomes, Robert Sinsheimer

Interviewee: Robert Sinsheimer. Robert Sinsheimer, then chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz, brought experts together in 1985 to discuss the possibility of a Human Genome Project. He talks about his idea. (DNAi Location: Genome > The project > Players > Pros & cons > Was biology missing something?)

It had occurred to me to wonder whether, were we missing something in biology? Was there something we weren't doing in biology, because we didn't think in terms of big science? It seemed so successful in other fields. We didn't need a big machine like an accelerator or like a telescope, but it did occur to me that maybe we could use a big database like a database of genomes, and sequences of genomes.

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