Today on Focus we'll review what is arguably the most ambitious medical research project ever undertaken: the exploration of the human genome. Our guest will be Eric Green from the National Human Genome Research Institute. He'll explain some of their technology and give us a progress report. Much has been accomplished, he says, but we are only partway up the mountain.
The sequencing of the human genome is set to change medicine forever. Today on Focus, science writer Nicholas Wade joins the show to explore the impact genetic science will have on how diseases are diagnosed and treated. We'll also review stem cell research, the treatment it may be able to offer treatment for a range of debilitating conditions, and the ethical controversy still surrounding it.