Narrator: This is Science Today. One-third
of the human genetic pattern has been sequenced,
bringing the government's Human Genome Project's
goal to meet a 2003 deadline, right on schedule.
Treavor Hawkins of the Los Alamos National Laboratory
directs one of the government's five sequencing
centers and says by March, the first of two working
drafts will be complete.
Hawkins: People might ask why you are drafting
and then doing a higher draft and then doing a finished?
The reason for this is that the biologists around
the world who have spent years and years trying
to find the gene that's been their life working
on - you know, just a little bit of sequence information
will help them nail that gene down to a particular
region on the chromosome.
Narrator: So far, one billion of the three
billion chemical base pairs in the pattern have
been identified, sequenced and published on a public
Hawkins: This is an incredible boost to biology
all around the world and we know that every pharmaceutical
company in the U.S., around the world, sucks our
data off our website every night, because there's
valuable information in there that one can use.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.