Michael Morgan on Human Genome Project: Public vs Private Competition
  Michael Morgan     Biography    
Recorded: 08 May 2008

Well, no – partly, well the issue was that Craig was undermining the NIH's efforts to fund human sequencing and was in a sense petitioning – I mean he testified before Congress saying that it was a waste of public money. That Celera should be given the job to do it. Well, you know, this is a capitalist country that appeals greatly to a lot of the population, so there was a case that had to be made that is was important that this should not be the property of a single company. And that case obviously was made. But there must have been the possibility that it could have gone another way. And we wouldn’t be now in the same state of play as we are at this meeting where- You know, I was at a meeting this afternoon where private companies are offering genotyping services to the community. I mean, it’s extraordinary. This is just what just twelve years ago.

Michael Morgan, currently professor emeritus of biology, specialized in plant ecology and bioclimatology. He earned his BA from Butler University, MS and Ph.D form University of Illinois. He received the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Founders's Association Award for Excellence in Teaching and Sabbatical during the 1991-92 academic year with the Conservation Research Group, School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Michael Morgan is a member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Ecological Society of America, American Institute of Biological Sciences, Society for Conservation Biology and Natural Areas Association.

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