human genome project
"[The Human Genome Project] is like sending a man to the moon. When you think about it, sending a man to the moon is easy, it's getting him back that's difficult. So I think we now need to get the human genome to return to work."
"The human genome project is like just having the basic blueprints in one of the most complicated reverse engineering projects imaginable, ..."
"If we consider the analogy that the human genome project is like compiling the dictionary for the language of life, then each species, extant or extinct, is like a chapter in the book of nature"
"The idea of discovering a gene after the completion of the human genome project is like discovering a new island: It made sense before we had satellite images but today it is outdated."
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