The Human Genome Diversity Project (HGD Project) is an international project that seeks to understand the diversity and unity of the entire human species by studying their DNA. Luigi Sforza inspired the HGD Project and now there is a large storage base of DNA in California.
The project's aim is to piece together the puzzle of human evolution and document the genetic variation of the human species worldwide. The HGD Project is important because the information it gathers may help clarify the history of our species as a whole.
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Many Indigenous groups oppose this project because they believe it is like a human version of 'plant collecting expeditions'. It as also been compared to a more sophisticated form of collecting and preserving Indigenous People like those collections of mummies taken from their burial caves in violation of their rights.
Scientists and many non-scientists however, take great interest in this project because it can answer many of life's unanswered questions about humans as a species. The HGD project can also help resolve some fundamental scientific issues about how genetic change takes place in humans, how quickly humans adapt to changed environments and what those adaptations are.
I believe that the HGD project is a great idea because it provides increased knowledge for the entire world. We can never stop learning and should always find ways to clarify the unclear and research the unknown. I also believe that we are not really exploiting the indigenous people by studying them because we are actually studying ourselves as a species so how can we exploit ourselves? Also, the purpose of the HGD project is not for commercial products, but rather for the expansion of human knowledge, which is why I am in favour of the Human Genome Diversity project.