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Human Genome News Archive Edition
  Vol.10, No.1-2   February 1999
Available in PDF 
In this issue... 

Genome Project 

In the News 

Microbial Genomics 

Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues and Educational Resources 


Genetics in Medicine 


Web, Other Resources, Publications 


Meeting Calendars & Acronyms 

  • Genome and Biotechnology Meetings 
  • Training Courses and Workshops 
  • Acronyms 

HGN archives and subscriptions 
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Microbial TV Series

Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth, a four-part series for prime-time public television, will be shown by PBS and distributed for international broadcast this fall. Funded in part by the DOE Human Genome, Microbial Genome, and Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research programs, the series is designed to increase public science literacy by using lessons from the microbial world to teach about more complex systems of life.

The series, produced by independent filmmakers Baker & Simon Associates with the American Society for Microbiology, is an initiative of the Microbial Literacy Collaborative (MLC). An organizational partnership headed by Cynthia Needham, MLC seeks to emphasize how basic research advances society's well-being, to improve decision-making on microbial issues, and to create more effective curricula for science teachers and students. In addition to Intimate Strangers, other MLC products include an interactive Web site (operational in May), a set of hands-on activities designed to introduce youth to the microbial world, and week-long leadership programs targeted to young people from challenging environments. Unseen Life on Earth, a 12-part telecourse for undergraduates, will support distance learning and provide teaching resources to college and precollege teachers.

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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.