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Happy Birthday human genome (sequence)

26 Jun, 2010
Artwork depicting DNA double helix

Artwork depicting DNA double helix

Today marks ten years since the draft sequence of the human genome was published. Unsurprisingly, there’s been a fair amount of coverage celebrating this.

From a Wellcome point of view, we had several high-profile announcements and events to coincide with the anniversary.

It began on Monday with the announcement of the first pilot data from the 1000 Genomes Project.

Then on Tuesday, the $38 million Human Heredity and Health in Africa Project was launched, looking to bring the genomic revolution to the study of African genomes.

On Thursday night, Wellcome Collection hosted the Wellcome Debate on ‘new genetics’ and personal genome screening.

We were also at the Science Museum for the launch of the new Who Am I? gallery, alongside Nobel laureate Sir John Sulston and Dr Francis S Collins, Director of the US National Institutes of Health.

You can see a video of the launch even below:

Friday saw the launch of UK10K, which will study the genomes of 10,000 people. This builds on the principles of the 1000 Genomes Project, again looking for rare genetic variants that influence various aspects of health and disease.

Elsewhere, we also published several interviews with key genomics researchers reflecting on the Human Genome Project and looking forward to advances in the near future. And if you missed it, this blog featured a special interview with Michael Morgan, a former Programme Director at the Trust who played a key role in the Human Genome Project.

Media outlets all over the world also seized on the anniversary, with plenty of comment and analysis on genomics and how it has changed the world today. Here is some of the coverage:

Image credit: Matthew Chattle, Wellcome Images
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