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Science in Mind

Claim of $1 trillion impact of genome project questioned

In his State of the Union address this year, President Obama cited a study that estimated that taxpayers got a whopping $796 billion return from the $3.8 billion investment in sequencing the human genome. That larger-than-life number was laid out as an important reason to invest in basic science.

Now, an update to the report has been issued, finding that the economic benefits of the government’s investment in the field during a longer time frame, between 1988 and 2012, were even more vast — a $1 trillion return.

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