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D. Genetic Sequencing's Effect on Biology

Narrator: This is Science Today. When the U.S. Department of Energy tapped the University of California-managed Joint Genome Institute to participate in the sequencing of the Human Genome Project, institute director Eddy Rubin says two things happened between the start and completion of the sequencing.

Rubin: One thing is that we got really good at generating sequence and secondly, sequence turned out to be incredibly valuable for all kinds of biology. And so right now there is enormous numbers of communities of scientists and biologists, ranging from geologists, people that study the organisms living at different places in the Earth to people interested in evolution that want their segment of the biosphere sequenced.

Narrator: Rubin says this makes the Joint Genome Institute one of the largest and most cost-effective of the large scale sequencing centers worldwide.

Rubin: And so we have organisms waiting to go through our sequencing machines that will, I think, accelerate biology in all different ways.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.