"By understanding the genetics, we can intervene and prevent disorders before they occur. However, the genetics are just one part of the picture and environment has a major impact, so educating people is very important."
Assistant Public Health Officer, Santa Clara County
Sarah Linde, MD
"If we can use a person’s individual information to help guide treatment decisions, then there is a better chance of doing something that really helps and hopefully has little or much fewer possible side effects."
"Genetic counselors work with many patients before having their genomes sequenced to help them think through the possible positive and negative outcomes of genome sequencing."
Genetic Counseling Student
David Smith, Ph.D.
"The technology that has stemmed from the Genome Project has allowed enormous things to be done in agriculture, in environmental sciences, in commercial plant growing, in just understanding science..."
Former Director, Department of Energy
Human Genome Program