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30th Anniversary of the Human Genome Project

Interviews with genomics leaders

October 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Human Genome Project (HGP). To commemorate this historic milestone, NHGRI’s History of Genomics Program is featuring 30 oral history interviews with prominent genomics experts relevant to the HGP and the broader field of genomics. This collection includes interviews with HGP architects, government officials who managed the HGP and researchers who actively contributed to the HGP’s success. We will feature one oral history per week for 30 consecutive weeks, culminating on Oct. 1, 2020.


Maynard Olson

Maynard Olson, Ph.D., professor of Genome Sciences and Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, is a major figure in genomics research, and his research involving large-scale genome analysis – with emphases on both technology development and applications – made him an invaluable participant in the Human Genome Project. Dr. Olson’s oral history explores his early years growing up near the National Institutes of Health, his efforts to map the yeast genome in 1987, and his role as mentor to Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., the current director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).