The Model: Human Genome Project
The Enterprise is modeled in part on the Human Genome Project, an alliance of organizations that successfully mapped the 3 billion chemical pairs that comprise the human genetic code.
The Human Genome Project brought together a wide range of research institutions, which agreed on a common strategic vision, voluntarily divided the work, and established protocols for openly sharing information. In this way, the progress of one research team directly contributed to progress by others.
By succeeding in unraveling the mysteries of human genetics, the Genome Project revolutionized the potential for medicine to prevent and treat serious diseases, and also demonstrated what the scientific community can achieve with a focused and well-coordinated effort.
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