CHAOS, CONSENSUS, COMPLETION. That's how Charles Cantor, PhD, envisions the human genome project's progression.
Cantor, director of the Department of Energy's Human Genome Center at Lawrence Berkeley (Calif) Laboratory, admits that the effort to map and sequence the human genome is still in the first stage, but he thinks that a new mapping technique using landmarks called sequence tagged sites (STSs) is bringing it closer to the second. Last month, he and 1000 other representatives of science, government, and industry met in San Diego to discuss how to accelerate the pace.
The meeting, sponsored by the Human Genome Organization and Science magazine, was one of several recent gettogethers of what may come to be known as the Human Gene Club—a motley crew of geneticists, molecular biologists, chemists, and physicists, each of whom has varied approaches to and stakes in the project. For the first time, there was a glimmer of