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Individual or group wanted to help the study of genetics

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Jul27-05, 10:39 PM
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If an individual or group wanted to help the study of genetics (in general) progress faster (because they wanted it to) how could they do that? Through fund-raising and stuff? Or could they not really do that at all?
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Jul28-05, 12:36 AM
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It's reasonable to believe that an increased amount of funding in any discipline would encourage more research and have the potential to accelerate advancement of knowledge in that field.

So if an individual or group were to establish an endowment at an institute for genetics research; it could support more brilliant scientists, skilled technicians, quality laboratory space and equipment and there would be faster progress in genetics.
Jul28-05, 07:32 AM
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It's also dependent on the amount of capitol one has to work with. It takes a lot of money to run a lab, probably more than most people think. There are technicians and students to pay, equipment to buy, consumables such as pipets, gloves, glassware, chemicals, etc. Just recently we put in an order for almost $10K in just antibodies and reagents alone . It could take a considerable donation to fund a single lab doing any type of research and you wouldn't necessarily be guaranteed any progress.

If you can't manage that kind of scratch, you might consider a donation to some organization that works towards some specific goal, they could perhaps more effectively allocate your money towards furthering research efforts. St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital for children with cancer and other diseases comes to mind, but there are many, many organizations out there that could use your money. If you have a specific area of research in mind search the web and find out some contact info. and then look into the organization thoroughly before committing.

Jul28-05, 02:18 PM
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Individual or group wanted to help the study of genetics

So what organizations/labs etc (That I could fund-raise for/help in some way to speed up the study of genetics) are currently working/wanting to work on helping the study of genetics (in general) progress faster? I know that progress wouldn't necessarily be guaranteed. I know there are lots of organizations out there that could use money, I just wanted to (at the moment) find out about ones that had stuff to do with studying genetics...

I didn't have a "specific area of research in mind" I just wanted to help further the study of genetics in general to an incredible degree. I know I should look into organizations/labs thoroughly before committing, so I also wanted to know stuff about the organizations/labs etc

I wouldn't be putting money of my own into what I was fund-raising for (Except for maybe the $750 a month I could hypothetically donate); I'd actually be fund-raising for the organizations by getting money from other people to give to the organizations/labs because I believe that the faster our knowledge (or at least *my* knowledge lol) of genetics progresses, the better

Jul28-05, 05:19 PM
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I mean I guess there's lots of things that money can/should be spent on but it seems like knowledge about genetics could be applied to a large variety of things
Jul28-05, 07:43 PM
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If you were inclined to donate to good causes (like scientific research), had an extra few million dollars laying around, you could set yourself up a very nice research facility.

Just doing a very quick net search, here are a few estabished institutes that conduct genetic research:

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Sanger Institute
Institute for Behavioral Genetics at Univ of Colorado
International Plant Genetic Resources Institute
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Cancer Institute
Jul30-05, 05:43 PM
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What places are trying to identify all the genes in the human genome? I mean, the National Human Genome Research Institute/project is trying to do that, right?

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