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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.


David Bentley

David Bentley, Ph.D., is chief scientist at Illumina Inc., where he develops new DNA sequencing technology for fast, accurate sequencing of complex genomes. This oral history follows Dr. Bentley’s career, including his research in Nobel Laureate Fred Sanger, Ph.D.’s, lab at Cambridge in 1979, the early rumblings of the Human Genome Project in the mid-1980s, and Phase I of the International HapMap Project, an international effort aimed at finding common genes and genetic variations that affect health and disease.