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All About The Human Genome Project (HGP)

Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man illustrationThe Human Genome Project (HGP) was one of the great feats of exploration in history - an inward voyage of discovery rather than an outward exploration of the planet or the cosmos; an international research effort to sequence and map all of the genes - together known as the genome - of members of our species, Homo sapiens. Completed in April 2003, the HGP gave us the ability, for the first time, to read nature's complete genetic blueprint for building a human being.

In this section, you will find access to a wealth of information on the history of the HGP, its progress, cast of characters and future.



A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project's Launch: Lessons Beyond the Base Pairs
October 1, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Human Genome Project. To commemorate this anniversary the NHGRI History of Genomics Program is hosting a seminar series entitled "A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project's Launch: Lessons Beyond the Base Pairs." 

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Model Organisms

Integral to the HGP were similar efforts to understand the genomes of various organisms commonly used in biomedical research, such as mice, fruit flies and roundworms. Such organisms are called "model organisms," because they serve as research models for how the human organism behaves.

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Last Updated: October 1, 2015

See Also:

YouTube video White House Announcement
Draft Sequence, June 26, 2000

Extramural Research Program

Other Federal Agencies Involved in Genomics

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Human Genome Resources
Access to the full human sequence