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Oral History Collection

Robert Cook-Deegan

Robert Cook-Deegan, M.D. is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and with the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. His research interests include science policy, health policy, biomedical research, cancer, and intellectual property. He is the author of The Gene Wars: Science, Politics, and the Human Genome. In this oral history, Robert describes his involvement with the Human Genome Project (HGP) while employed by the congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the National Center for Human Genome Research. As a participant in discussions about whether to sequence the human genome, and subsequently working with Jim Watson, his oral history offers an important and insightful perspective on the HGP.