History of Genomics Program
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The History of Genomics Program is a unique history and science communications effort at the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.
This program uses the history of genomics and the Human Genome Project to promote equity, combat the dehumanization of marginalized communities and build trust in medical advances by confronting past and present-day wrongs, including stigma, eugenics, scientific racism, ableism and heteronormativity. The program develops scholarship, sponsors lectures and symposia, records oral histories and provides access to an archive of documents about NHGRI and the field of genomics. The program supports a vision of genomics as a science for all.
Oral History Collections
Oral histories capture the perspectives and experiences of those involved in major genomics programs and other NHGRI endeavors. They involve interviews with both NHGRI staff and leaders from the wider genomics research community.
NHGRI recognizes pioneers who have left a deep impact on the institute and the genomics community.
NHGRI has developed a database for digital assets. The database contains organized documents with metadata and a search feature for the ease of browsing. To receive more information about gaining access to the database, please send an email to NHGRIHistory@nih.gov.
Irreducible Subjects: Disability and Genomics in the Past, Present and Future
October 6, 2022
The history of genomics told through machine learning: A celebration of 10 years of the NHGRI history program
August 4, 2022
Roundtable discussion: "Does genetic and genomic screening keep open the door to eugenics?"
May 25, 2022
- The Meaning of Eugenics: Historical and Present-Day Discussions of Eugenics and Scientific Racism
December 2-3, 2021
- From the “Baldwin Effect” to Genes of Small Effect: Celebrating the Work of David Depew
July 29, 2021
- NHGRI History of Molecular Biology and Genomics Lecture Series
April 2016 - July 2019
- Capturing the History of Genomics
April 29 – 30, 2015
- A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project's Launch: Lessons beyond the Base Pairs
December 2015 - May 2016
- News Release: Capturing this history of the Human Genome Project and beyond
August 24, 2022
- News Release: NHGRI oral history collection features influential genomics researchers
March 23, 2017
Scholarly descriptions and analyses of the major genomics programs and other NHGRI endeavors strive to draw upon the knowledge of institute staff and external genomics experts, while also capturing the expertise of professional historians. This includes a monograph-length study on the history of NHGRI human genomic variation programs from the Haplotype Map Project to the recently completed 1000 Genomes Project, and a special issue of the Journal of the History of Biology on the historical legacy of the Human Genome Project and genomics.
- Social Borrowings and Biological Appropriations
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- Special Issue Editors’ Introduction: “Genomics and the Human Genome Project”
Journal of the History of Biology
- National Human Genome Research Institute history of genomics oral history program: An example of "triangulation" (Book Chapter)
History of Human Genetics: Aspects of Its Development and Global Perspectives
- NHGRI History of Genomics Program
- Scientific Liaison to the Director for Extramural Activities
- Office of the Director
- Postdoctoral Fellow
- Engagement Methods Unit
- Audiovisual Production Specialist
- Office of Communications
Last updated: December 13, 2022