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Two young boys walking arm in arm on a landscape of the letters of A T C G In April 2003, the International Human Genome Project (HGP), led in the United States by the National Institutes of Health, was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. For the first time, anyone could freely read the fundamental instruction set needed to make a human body. But much more still must be learned about life's operating system in order for it to be fully applied to human health.

"The Human Genome Project has had an incalculable impact on science over the past decade," said Eric D. Green, M.D., Ph.D., director of NHGRI, who was recruited to NIH early on in the 13-year project. "I am especially pleased that our varied events highlight genomics in so many ways-because the ongoing work of human genetics and genomics benefits all of us."

Beginning in February 2013, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the NIH institute that spearheaded the HGP, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project with a series of stimulating talks, a thought-provoking symposium and a fascinating interactive exhibit to mark the project's 10-year anniversary and to reflect on the HGP's revolutionary influence on biomedicine.



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Last updated: April 25, 2013