Genetics Overview

Genetics Overview

A New Scientific Frontier
In the summer of 2000, government and private sector scientists joined together to make a historic announcement — they had completed a map of the 30,000 to 50,000 genes that comprise the human genome.

By mapping the human genome, we are moving toward a powerful new understanding of human health. Scientists strongly believe the achievement will turn out to be one of the greatest contributions to science in the 21st century.

This new emphasis on genetics is transforming the way we approach medicine. Defining the human genome will give us the ability to identify, treat, and ultimately prevent diseases in ways never before imagined. During this century, we will be able to develop new therapies for diseases that have plagued humans for generations, from cancer to heart disease, from Alzheimer disease to diabetes.