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What were some of the ethical, legal, and social implications addressed by the Human Genome Project?
The Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) program was founded in 1990 as an integral part of the Human Genome Project. The mission of the ELSI program was to identify and address issues raised by genomic research that would affect individuals, families, and society. A percentage of the Human Genome Project budget at the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Energy was devoted to ELSI research.
The ELSI program focused on the possible consequences of genomic research in four main areas:
For more information about the ELSI program:
Information about the ELSI program at the National Institutes of Health, including program goals and activities, is available in the fact sheet Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research
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The World Health Organization provides further discussion of the ELSI
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