Human Genome Project Information Archive

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Biological and Environmental Research Information System (BERIS)

The Biological and Environmental Research Information System (BERIS) provides technical communication and information expertise for the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER, formerly Office of Health and Environmental Research, OHER) Genome Programs Task Group. BERIS makes genome project science and social implications accessible to a diverse audience, including:

  • scientists who use genome data and tools to gain greater understanding of biological systems;
  • translators of genomics to medical applications;
  • other professionals and the genomics-impacted public who need such information to develop informed policies and make personal decisions; and
  • educators, students, and members of the media.

BERIS published the newsletter Human Genome News, genome program reports, and several websites pertaining to genetics, the Human Genome Project, and microbial genome research.

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U.S. Department of Energy
Genome Programs
Office of Biological and Environmental Research

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Disclaimers, Privacy Statement, Citation


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Everyone in BERIS has contributed to this web site with text, ideas, or technical assistance.

Citation Format

A standard format for use when citing pages on this website:

[Give Title of Page], U.S. DOE Human Genome Project, http://web.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/ (accessed [Give Date])

Add author's name at beginning if citing an article attributed to a specific author(s).

Human Genome Project 1990–2003

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.

Human Genome News

Published from 1989 until 2002, this newsletter facilitated HGP communication, helped prevent duplication of research effort, and informed persons interested in genome research.