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Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code
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Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code

More than 10 years ago, scientists published the full sequence of the human genome — 3 billion base pairs long.

It was an epic project that ushered in the genomic era. What is it teaching us about ourselves?

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Cracking the Code of Life

Cracking the Code of Life

Watch the race between two teams to sequence the human genome, one of the biggest prizes ever sought in the history of science — and a key advance for genetic engineering. More...

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NOVA/PBS
3 Sad Surprises: The Human Genome Project

3 Sad Surprises: The Human Genome Project

Did you know you still carry genes for making a tail? Check out some other surprises from the Human Genome Project. More...

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SciShow
Personal Genome Project

Personal Genome Project

George Church wants to sequence the genome of 100,000 people. Find out how getting their DNA and personal life histories could help us understand why we get — or don’t get — diseases. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Sanger Method of DNA Sequencing

Sanger Method of DNA Sequencing

In 1977, Frederick Sanger developed an automated method for sequencing DNA — what many consider the first step in the journey to map the human genome. See how the Sanger Method works. More...

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DNA Learning Center
Chromosome Image Gallery

Chromosome Image Gallery

Genes have been linked to many diseases, as these images show. But remember: In most cases, lifestyle and environment also have a big say in whether a person with these genes gets sick. More...

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Genome Explorer

Genome Explorer

Check out chromosome 7, which has a "bitter taste receptor" gene that affects how food tastes to people. Then explore the rest of your chromosomes and genes. More...

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yourgenome.org
Human Genome at 10: 5 Breakthroughs, 5 Predictions

Human Genome at 10: 5 Breakthroughs, 5 Predictions

It's been more than ten years since the completion of the Human Genome Project. Researchers discuss what's been learned and predict what the next ten years will bring. More...

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National Geographic
Human Genome Project

Human Genome Project

Learn about the Human Genome Project with these animations, activities, and video interviews with the researchers involved. More...

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yourgenome.org
Human Genome Quiz

Human Genome Quiz

The first step to understanding the Human Genome Project is to know something about the human genome. Demonstrate your prowess on this human genome quiz. More...

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Introduction: Human Genome Project

Introduction: Human Genome Project

Anonymous volunteers donated their DNA for sequencing in the Human Genome Project. A printout of the resulting 3 billion base pairs would fill books as tall as the Washington Monument. More...

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National Institutes of Health
The Science Behind the Human Genome Project

The Science Behind the Human Genome Project

From genome to proteome, here are some basics that will help you understand the Human Genome Project. More...

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Human Genome Project
Understanding the Human Genome Project: Timeline

Understanding the Human Genome Project: Timeline

Trace genetic research from Darwin to the Human Genome Project's completion and beyond. More...

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National Institutes of Health

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