News Release Archives 2003

National Human Genome Research Institute

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News Release Archives

2003

December

December 17: International HapMap Consortium Publishes Scientific Strategy
The International HapMap Consortium publishes a paper that sets forth the scientific rationale and strategy behind its effort to create a map of human genetic variation.

December 10: Chimp Genome Assembled by Sequencing Centers
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) announces the first draft version of the genome sequence of the chimpanzee and its alignment with the human genome.

December 5: NHGRI Launches Social and Behavioral Research Branch
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) announces the formation of a new branch - the Social and Behavioral Research Branch (SBRB) - within its Division of Intramural Research (DIR).

December 2: Dr. Janet Rowley to Give First Trent Lecture
Janet D. Rowley, M.D., an internationally recognized expert on leukemias and lymphomas, will present the first annual Jeffrey M. Trent Lecture in Cancer Research, Friday, Dec. 5, at 2:45 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, at the National Institutes of Health.

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November

November 7: NHGRI Funds Next Generation of Large-Scale Sequencing Projects
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) announces the selection of five centers to carry out a new generation of large-scale sequencing projects designed to maximize the promise of the Human Genome Project and dramatically expand our understanding of human health and disease.

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October

October 9: Beyond Genes: Scientists Venture Deeper Into the Human Genome
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) announces the first grants in a three-year, $36 million scientific reconnaissance mission - called ENCODE - aimed at discovering all parts of the human genome that are crucial to biological function.

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August

August 13: Pioneering Study Compares 13 Vertebrate Genomes
In a study published in the journal Nature, researchers compare the sequence of the same large genomic region in 13 vertebrate species and demonstrate how such comparisons can reveal functionally important parts of the human genome beyond the genes themselves.

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July

July 9: Genome Researchers Analyze Chromosome 7
In a study published in the July 10 issue of the journal Nature, a multi-institution team, led by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, reported it had sequenced 99.4 percent of the gene-containing region of chromosome 7 to an accuracy of greater than 99.99 percent. A detailed analysis of the reference sequence of chromosome 7 has uncovered structural features that appear to promote genetic changes that can cause disease.

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June

June 18: Researchers Discover Use of Novel Mechanism Preserves Y Chromosome Genes
A detailed analysis of the just-completed sequence of the human Y chromosome 13 the chromosome that distinguishes males from females 13 has uncovered a novel mechanism by which it maintains its genetic integrity.

June 13: NHGRI Study May Help Scientists Design Safer Methods for Gene Therapy
Researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) may have taken a major step towards safer gene therapy for patients, with the discovery that the genetically engineered mouse virus used in gene therapy trials tends to insert itself at the beginning of genes in the target cell, potentially disrupting the genes 19 normal function.

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May

May 20: Progress Made in Sequencing Of Model Organisms 19 Genomes
Scientists are moving forward to sequence the genomes of important model organisms, including the dog, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) reported today.

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April

April 28: Gene Discovery Opens Door to Further Research In Inherited Neurological Disorders
Scientists have identified the gene responsible for two related, inherited neurological disorders, for the first time, directly implicating this gene and its enzyme product in a human genetic disease. The discovery supports further research, which may shed light on carpel tunnel syndrome and Lou Gehrig's Disease.

April 22: NHGRI Researchers Go Back to School for National DNA Day
On April 25, dozens of researchers from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will head back to schools in their hometowns and speak to students about the genome revolution, and genetic research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

April 16: Researchers Identify Gene for Premature Aging Disorder
A team led by the National Human Genome Research Institute today announced the discovery of the genetic basis of progeria, the most dramatic form of premature aging. The finding promises to shed new light on the rare disease, as well as on normal human aging.

April 14: International Consortium Completes Human Genome Project
The International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium, led in the United States by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Department of Energy (DOE), announce the successful completion of the Human Genome Project more than two years ahead of schedule and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix, unveiling NHGRI's bold new vision for the future of genomic research.

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March

March 24: Spanish Talking Glossary Launched (En Espanol)
The online Spanish Talking Glossary of Genetics will provide a resource to Spanish-speaking people seeking a better understanding of recent advances in genetics and genomics.

March 4: Cowabunga!
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) gives a provisional go-head to partner with the state of Texas and support the efforts of the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas A&M University to sequence the bovine genome.

March 4: ENCODE Meeting
The March 7th meeting to announce a new project, sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), with the long-term goal of creating a comprehensive encyclopedia of functional elements encoded in the human DNA.

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February

February 10: Where to be in April 2003
April 2003 will witness the completion of the human genome sequence. To mark this historic accomplishment, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are holding a landmark scientific symposium on April 14-15 that will feature some of the biggest names in genetics of the past 50 years. Also listed - summary of events for April 2003.

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Last Updated: January 12, 2012