|caption: All diseases have a genetic component, whether inherited or resulting from the body's response to environmental stresses like viruses or toxins. The successes of the Human Genome Project (HGP) have even enabled researchers to pinpoint errors in genes--the smallest units of heredity--that cause or contribute to disease.|
The ultimate goal is to use this information to develop new ways to treat, cure, or even prevent the thousands of diseases that afflict humankind.
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For more on the HGP and Medicine, see our Medicine and the New Genetics Website. This image originally appeared in the 2001 U.S. DOE Primer: Genomics and Its Impact on Medicine and Society.
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