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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.


Mark Guyer and Jane Peterson

Mark Guyer, Ph.D. started his career as a Program Director for the Human Genome Project in 1988. He was then one of the founders of NHGRI, a leader in the Extramural Research Program and the NHGRI Deputy Director before his retirement in 2014.  Jane Peterson, Ph.D. was the Associate Director of the NHGRI Extramural Research Program until her retirement in 2014. The two discuss the early development of the Human Genome Project and some of the challenges in HGP early on.