Archive Site Provided for Historical Purposes
Last updated: June 2008.
This edition covers basic science, the Human Genome Project, what we know so far, Next Steps in Genomic Research, ELSI, medicine, benefits, and more.
This document may be cited in the following style:
Human Genome Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Genomics and Its Impact on Science and Society: A 2008 Primer, 2008.
Throughout the duration of the HGP, numerous primers and educational documents were created to help explain genetics and the project to the lay person. These documents are now out of date, but PDFs are presented here as an historical archive.
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.