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1997 Santa Fe Highlights
Human Genome Project Administration
In the News
Software and the Internet
Meeting Calendars & Acronyms
New Five-Year Plan in Process as HGP Passes Midpoint
Midlife traditionally presents an opportunity for making evaluations, as progress toward milestones is measured and courses are altered. So, too, with the Human Genome Project (HGP), the massive 15-year biological undertaking begun in 1990 to obtain the sequence of all 3 billion bases in human DNA. Rapid progress and technology developments during the first half of the project have affirmed researchers optimism that the task can be completed on time and within budget. A new set of U.S. goals for the next 5 years will be presented to Congress this fall.
The new plan was developed during a series of individual and joint DOE-NIH workshops on various aspects of the project. The DOE planning committee, chaired by Raymond Gesteland (University of Utah), met May 28-29 with its NIH counterpart and a broad group of 120 researchers for a final evaluation of the plan. At that meeting, the consensus was that (1) the U.S. HGP should stick with its original goal of achieving full and highly accurate human sequence and (2) improving sequencing capacity is paramount. Priorities for the next 5 years include the following:
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International efforts have played a critical role in the project's success, with at least 18 countries now supporting programs for analyzing the genomes of a variety of organisms ranging from microbes to economically important plants and animals to humans.
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The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international 13-year effort, 1990 to 2003. Primary goals were to discover the complete set of human genes and make them accessible for further biological study, and determine the complete sequence of DNA bases in the human genome. See Timeline for more HGP history.
Published from 1989 until 2002, this newsletter facilitated HGP communication, helped prevent duplication of research effort, and informed persons interested in genome research.