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The Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project (HGP) was one of the great feats of exploration in history. Rather than an outward exploration of the planet or the cosmos, the HGP was an inward voyage of discovery led by an international team of researchers looking to sequence and map all of the genes -- together known as the genome -- of members of our species, Homo sapiens. Beginning on October 1, 1990 and 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.

What is the Human Genome Project? | NHGRI
What is the Human Genome Project?

The Human Genome Project was the international research effort to determine the DNA sequence of the entire human genome.

Human Genome Project Results | NHGRI
Human Genome Project Results

In 2003, an accurate and complete human genome sequence was finished two years ahead of schedule and at a cost less than the original estimated budget.

Human Genome Project Timeline of Events | NHGRI
Human Genome Project Timeline of Events

Key moments and press releases from the history of the Human Genome Project.

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20th anniversary of landmark Human Genome Project publications

February 15, 2021 marks the 20-year anniversary of publications reporting the draft human genome sequence.

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Human Genome Project 30th Anniversary Video Selfie Testimonials

Video testimonials from prominent members of the genomics community commemorating and celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Human Genome Project.

The Human Genome Project FAQ | NHGRI
Human Genome Project FAQ

Explore frequently asked questions and answers about the Human Genome Project and its impact on the field of genomics.

Last updated: December 22, 2020