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20th anniversary of landmark Human Genome Project publications

In February 2001, Nature and Science published two seminal papers that revealed the first detailed look at the human genome's nearly complete sequence. A part of the Human Genome Project, these studies launched a new era in biomedicine that has since achieved ever-dropping sequencing costs, improved diagnosis of genetic disorders and genomic analysis in standard clinical practice. In its 2020 Strategic Vision, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) charts a thoughtful scientific journey for the future of genomics research. Reflecting on a detailed history that began with the 2001 publications, the institute aspires to build better genomic technologies and discover new treatment options to improve human health at-large. 

Oral History Interviews

NHGRI's Oral History Collection: Interview with Robert Waterston and Jane Rogers

Drs. Waterston and Rogers discuss their respective roles in the Human Genome Project, the critical events leading up to the completion of the “draft sequence” and the publication of the “draft sequence” paper. 


20-year anniversary of publications reporting the draft human genome sequence — Eric Green

In this interview, Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), talks with Christopher Donohue, Ph.D., NHGRI historian, about the significance of the “initial sequencing and analyses of the human genome” paper published in Nature in February 2001. 

Last updated: February 17, 2021