I remember people saying that the genome program
is very similar to the Apollo program. It's like
going to the moon and that has some great analogy
to it. It's a huge program - it's the biggest
thing biologists have ever seen, maybe will ever
see in terms of a coordinated program. But also
one has to say, just like after they went to the
moon, "what next?" and people are asking the same
What is next, after sequencing the mouse genome,
is understanding all the proteins.
Genes make proteins. And within the cells, those
proteins interact with each other and catalyze
reactions - basically is what makes your cells
work. Really understanding biology and understanding
exactly what happens within disease states, it
means that you really want to understand proteins.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.