Like many scientific projects of this scope, the genome project started in large measure as a boondoggle, originally by Los Alamos, of all places, no doubt partly to gild the lilly of ongoing bomb work. If it had been proposed merely for its value for evolutionary studies, it would never have been funded, just as high-energy physics owed so much of its funding to the Congressional presumption that it would yield better(?) bombs. I suspect that in few years a really large scale statistical study of genomes and disease will be proposed, and may yield some insights.
On Aug 2, 2010, at 4:38 AM, Richard Levins wrote:
The greatest theoretical result of the genome project so far has been the refutation of the assumptions that gave rise to it.