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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.


Richard Myers

Richard Myers, Ph.D, is the President and Science Director of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville Alabama, where he provides strategic oversight for the research enterprise at the institute including sustaining a large active laboratory. In this oral history, Rick Myers recounts his time at Stanford University where he became the chair of the department of genetics in 1993 and helped the Stanford Human Genome Center contribute to the sequencing in the Human Genome Project. Rick also discusses his involvement in the HapMap Project, ENCODE, and the importance of both GWAS and genes-in-environment initiatives.