Talk:Human Genome Diversity Project

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"potential problems"[edit]

Um... a little funny that in the "potential problems" it doesn't mention the one that really sunk HGDP -- patenting of indigenous genes! I'll try to shore this up a bit at some point... --Fastfission 02:59, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Will the HGD Project patent these samples?
No, the Project does not intend to patent the samples or any products made from them.
But so far, the diversity project has been "more controversy than project," 
according to Henry Greely, chair of the ethics subcommittee for the group's North American branch. 
Just as the HGDP was getting off the ground, the National Institutes of Health, 
an unrelated organization, received a patent on a cell line of a virus derived from
the blood sample of a Papua New Guinea man. 
Although no human DNA was actually patented - in fact, the patent was later terminated - 
indigenous rights groups were alarmed by the very possibility and suspicious of the HGDP agenda. 
The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) even accused the diversity project
of biocolonialism, declaring that "the thin veneer of the HGDP as an academic, 
noncommercial exercise has been shattered by the US government patenting an indigenous person."
That the HGDP had no patent aspirations was lost in the ensuing outcry. 22:44, 11 September 2005 (UTC) The ETC Group and other NGOs... What is an NGO? Please define your acronyms. --Eddylyons 19:19, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

Non-Governmental Organization -Billscottbob (talk) 22:14, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Good source[edit]

Human Genome Diversity Project raises serious ethical issues —Preceding unsigned comment added by Futurebird (talkcontribs)


The intro says "the HGDP has attempted to map the DNA that varies between humans, which is less than 1% different." Does it mean that only 1% of DNA varies between humans, or that the unspecified amount of DNA that varies between humans only varies by 1%? — Reinyday, 16:35, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Incorporate work of Jenny Reardon[edit]

Jenny Reardon has written a book length scholarly history of the HGDP project and peer-reviewed publications. It would be good to incorporate some of her insights into the article. I'll try to do this at some point soon. Pengortm (talk) 05:07, 18 February 2014 (UTC)