The human genome sequencing
Interviewee: Ari Patrinos. 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. (DNAi Location: Genome > The project > Players > Competition and the media > A race between interesting individuals)
Well the media liked of course this, describing this situation as a race. Also both individuals were very interesting individuals, personalities, they were cast as in a sense diametrically opposite. One side would say, you know, the light, the good side versus evil, and there was analogies of this kind, or you know, vice-versa, it wasn't always that Craig was evil and Francis was good. There were stories that went the other way around, of in fact, the evil Government scientists over-funded with bloated budgets, you know, kind of ganging up on this entrepreneur who rose to challenge the status quo. So it went both ways and so it had all the elements of a wonderful story that could be picked up. And scientists very rarely make these type of news, always they're kind of dull and uninteresting and here were two individuals who were anything but. I mean they made good copy, there was no question about it.
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Ari Patrinos, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's sequencing effort, talks about the private genome project announcement and public funding.
Ari Patrinos, director of the US Department of Energy's sequencing effort, talks about the public genome project's aims that extended beyond those of the private project.
Ari Patrinos talks about the idea for the Human Genome Project.
James Watson talks about the Human Genome Project and government funding.
An image of telomeres. Courtesy of Robert Moyzis, University of California, Irvine, CA; U.S. Department of Energy Human Genome Program
James Watson talks about funding the Human Genome Project.
Craig Venter, leader of the private effort at Celera Genomics, speaks about the excitement the race to sequence the human genome generated.
Craig Venter speaks about the public sector's reaction to his plans to sequence the genome at a private company, Celera Genomics.
Craig Venter, leader of the private effort at Celera Genomics, speaks about his company's reliance on the public data for reassembly of the Celera sequence.
Commentators on the genome sequence (Human Genome Project). Top: William Clinton, Ewan Birney, John Sulston. Bottom: Jim Watson, Craig Venter.