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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.


Elke Jordan

Elke Jordan, Ph.D. was Deputy Director at the National Human Genome Research Institute from 1988-2002, almost the entirety of the Human Genome Project. Dr. Jordan’s invaluable oral history documents significant turning points in the project’s story including the strategic establishment of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) research program, and the rise of Celera, the company that spurred the race to complete the first human genome sequence.