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Seminar Series

A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project's Launch:

Lessons Beyond the Base Pairs

A runner starting a track covered with letters of A T C G, start line with double helix and letters of H G POctober 1, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Human Genome Project. To commemorate this anniversary in a fashion that showcases the rich history of the Human Genome Project and the field of genomics over the last quarter-century, 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." The program will feature Human Genome Project participants, who will be sharing their perspectives about the Project and how it affected their careers.

The series kicks off on December 3 with a panel discussion that will include the key NHGRI leadership during the Human Genome Project. Other speakers will follow in early 2016, as shown below. The lectures take place on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 3 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater in Building 10 on the main NIH campus; they will also be videorecorded and made available on our GenomeTV channel on YouTube. All seminars are free and open to the public.


National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Thursdays, 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M
Building 10, Lipsett Amphitheater




December 3, 2015

Introductory Talk:
A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project's Launch:
Lessons Beyond the Base Pairs

Discussants: Elke Jordan, Ph.D. and Mark Guyer, Ph.D.
Moderator: Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D

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January 28, 2016

Genomics Grows Up: What Have We Learned during the Past 25 Years?
Maynard Olson, Ph.D.
University of Washington

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February 25, 2016

Genomes and Big Data: A Personal View
Ewan Birney, Ph.D.
European Bioinformatics Institute

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March 24, 2016

Origins of the Human Genome Project: A Political History
Bob Cook-Deegan, M.D.

Duke University

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April 28, 2016

From BAC Clones to Cancer Genomes: The Role of the HGP in Launching a Career in Science
Marco Marra, Ph.D
Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre

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May 26, 2016

The Genome is for Life
David Bentley, D.Phil.


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The Impact of the Human Genome Project 25 years from its Launch YouTube video
An interview with NHGRI Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D. 

For more information please contact:

Kris Wetterstrand
E-mail: wettersk@mail.nih.gov

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Last Updated: June 8, 2016