NHGRI logo

The Human Genome Project was an international project that mapped and sequenced the entire human genome. Completed in April 2003, data from the project are freely available to researchers and others interested in genetics and human health.


The Human Genome Project was announced in 1990. It was an international effort, but the United States was in a very strong leadership position. And it had this audacious goal of reading out all letters of the human DNA code by 2005. To the great relief of those of us involved in it, and I think the joy of the general public, we finished that project in 2003, more than two years ahead of schedule, and under budget, and produced all of this data in the public domain where, for all time, people can be working on understanding how it works and applying it for medical benefit.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.