A Rivalry That Never Ends

Slate's Laura Helmuth writes that the US National Institutes of Health is trying to claim full credit for sequencing the human genome.

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The Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project originated at DOE. Funny how no one seems to remember that fact.

Actually, credit for

Actually, credit for inception of the Human Genome Project is usually given to both Robert Sinsheimer at the University of California Santa Cruz and Charles DeLisi, at DOE, both in 1985.

... and don't forget the SNP

... and don't forget the SNP Consortium's vital contribution of 7M+ reads (in 1999-2000) that were critical to the order and orientation of the draft sequence, and provide a vital initial backbone to the HapMap Project. The funding for this vital contribution came 100% from the private sector (industry and the Wellcome Trust). Interesting how it's more often than not, the tax-payer funded, government entities that too often do not given proper credit to their private sector contributors. Why??

The 2001 version of the Human

The 2001 version of the Human Genome was full of crap. That is, it had large chunks of E. coli nicely assembled into several chromosomes. The vector masking was not always applied, apparently.

I'd already noted the

I'd already noted the rewriting of history on the NIH website - borderline delusional at some sites. I'd also noted the undue influence of the NIH on the FDA. Looks like their tentacles have wrapped the Smithsonian as well.

Hi Arthur. Profs succeed

Hi Arthur. Profs succeed through grant proposals and papers - not a lot of incentive to give credit outside the Clan.

And the DOE, NIH and everyone

And the DOE, NIH and everyone else in government would still be holding meetings and planning how to do it if Venter and Applied Biosystems hadn't lit a fire under their butts. I know... I was there! Nothing like a little bit of old fashion capitalistic competition to light fire under a few butts.

While we're on the NIH's

While we're on the NIH's case...why is there no mention of the Sanger Center (now WTSI)'s large contribution to the project? Venter isn't the only one getting passed over here. But I think both groups are probably used to it by now!

Am I wrong in thinking the

Am I wrong in thinking the Sanger Centre actually sequenced the largest proportion of the genome data?