Time to write human genomes

In 1990, scientists launched one of  the largest international collaborations in life science, an effort to sequence the human genome.  This work inspired a new generation of genetic researchers and led to countless breakthroughs in new technologies, informatics, and medicine.  I was one of the researchers who had their careers launched by this effort.

Now, in 2012, there’s a need for a new grand challenge, and I can think of none better than to have scientists organize to write a human genome.  If you think this is hard, remember, it’s what every cell has to do each time it divides.

My thoughts on the next human genome project were published in the Huffington Post.