Human Genome at 10

It has now been 10 years since the the announcement that the mapping of the human genome was complete. There is little doubt that this was an incredible and conceptually significant scientific accomplishment. The project, however, has so far been almost a complete failure in achievement or even meaningful progress toward its primary stated goal, to make rapid and substantial headway in preventing, diagnosing,  and treating human disease as a result of our new knowledge. Continue reading

State passes public apology to people with disabilities

from May
During the final days of the 2010 session, legislation publicly apologizing for the state’s past treatment of people with disabilities was adopted. House File 1680/Senate File 1135 passed both the House and Senate without opposition and today was signed into law by the governor.

State Sen. John Marty, author of the legislation, said that after 13 years of pushing for its passage, it is time for the state to acknowledge that terrible injustices were done to tens of thousands of Minnesotans who were punished for having mental illnesses or developmental and other disabilities. Sen. Marty issued the following statement:

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