Monday, 22 April 2013

Human Genome Project: 10 years on


The 10th anniversary of the announcement of the completion of the Human Genome Project was reached during April 2013.

In June 2000 scientists joined U.S. President Bill Clinton at the White House to unveil the Human Genome Project's "working draft" of the human genome—the full set of DNA that makes us human. The project got underway in April 2003.

The Human Genome Project (HGP) is an international scientific research project with a primary goal of determining the sequence of chemical base pairs which make up DNA, and of identifying and mapping the approximately 20,000–25,000 genes of the human genome from both a physical and functional standpoint.

The objective of the Human Genome Project is to understand the genetic makeup of the human species.

The Guardian has a feature on the project, which may be of interest.

Posted by Tim Sandle

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