Cracking the code in life sciences: Celebrating 70 years of DNA


It’s now 20 years since the completion of the Human Genome Project, a landmark global scientific effort whose signature goal was to generate the first sequence of the human genome.

A highly collaborative international effort that generated the first sequence of the human genome and that of several additional well-studied organisms, the project was carried out from 1990-2003, and is regarded as one of the most ambitious and important scientific endeavours in human history1.

Upon its completion in 2003, the Human Genome Project had produced a genome sequence that accounted for over 90% of the human genome – as close to complete as the technologies for sequencing DNA allowed at the time.

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