Human Genome Project

In September 2008, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) was experiencing a seismic change. After 15 years as the institute director, Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., had made the decision to depart NHGRI. As he was cleaning out his office, he wondered what he should do with his large collection of files. Collins had collected and organized countless pages of rich historical documents from one of the most important undertakings in science, the Human Genome Project, as well as a series of major genomics initiatives that immediately followed. As one of the project’s major leaders, his files contained key insights about the early days of the genomics field. Read full story here. See the video oral histories here.

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