How the human genome project changed how to do Science

Years after the end of the Human Genome Project (HGP), the ramifications to science and its culture are still unfolding. Ioannis Pavlidis, Eckhard Pfeiffer Professor of Computational Physiology at the University of Houston, Alexander Petersen, Professor of Management at UC, Merced, and their colleagues have reported in Science Advances that HGP scientists not only laid the groundwork for scientific breakthroughs for decades to come, but also brought to the mainstream a collaboration model that changed science’s cultural norms.

“One of the key factors of the success was the way it incorporated cross collaboration between biologists, computer scientists and other disciplines,” said Pavlidis. 

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Source: Computational Physiology Lab, Health and Biomedical Sciences Center,
Houston, USA
Image credit: Prof. Ergun Akleman, Texas A&M Visualization Department (crafted specifically for the paper Petersen et al., Sci. Adv. 2018;4: eaat4211)