News Archive

News Archive

The History of the UK Genome Project

The History of the UK Genome Project

1990 Drs Sulston and Coulson in collaboration with Dr Waterston (Washington University, USA) began a pilot study of the genomic sequence of the round worm C. elegans ...

Past Great Discoveries

Past Great Discoveries

Chronology of selected important events in medicine and biology

For context, some non-medical events are shown.

The Future's Genomic

The Future's Genomic

Genome sequencing could ultimately change the face of biology. More immediately, it is likely to change the way scientists conduct their research.

With the completion of the working draft of the human genome, the DNA letters (ACGT) that make up our 60 000-100 000 genes are in the public domain, freely accessible to all who want to interpret and exploit the sequence data.

Commentators' Views on the Announcement of the First Draft of the Human Genome

Commentators' Views on the Announcement of the First Draft of the Human Genome

Leading ethicists, geneticists, Government scientific advisors and the pharmaceutical industry give their perspectives on the effect the publication of the first draft of the human genome will have

Professor Richard Dawkins, Professo Martin Bobrow, Sir Robert May, Professor Sir David Weatherall, Steven Rose, Dr Tom Shakespeare, Professor Vivienne Nathanson, Bill Fullagar and Sir Aaron Klug, OM comment on the implications of the first draft human genome

Human Genome Project Centres

Human Genome Project Centres

The institutions that form the Human Genome Sequencing Consortium.

Institutions from the UK, USA, France Germany, Japan and China have worked together to produce the first draft of the human genome.

International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium Announces "Working Draft" of Human Genome

International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium Announces "Working Draft" of Human Genome

The Human Genome Project public consortium today announced that it has assembled a working draft of the sequence of the human genome -- the genetic blueprint for a human being.

This major milestone involved two tasks: placing large fragments of DNA in the proper order to cover all of the human chromosomes, and determining the DNA sequence of these fragments.

The first draft of the Book of Humankind has been read

The first draft of the Book of Humankind has been read

The working draft of the genetic Book of Humankind has been read, the Wellcome Trust and the Sanger Centre in Cambridge, together with international partners, are announcing today. (June 26)

The work, carried out in 16 centres across the world, means that 85% of the human genome has been accurately deciphered. Further work, still to be finally checked, means in total 97% of the human genome has been read.

Human Genome Project may help find treatment for muscular dystrophy

Human Genome Project may help find treatment for muscular dystrophy

One of this country's most eminent geneticists is using results coming from the human genome project to help combat muscular and nervous system disorders. She hopes that the knowledge gained will enable drugs to be developed that will compensate for defects and effectively treat these devastating diseases ...

Professor Kay Davies is head of the Department of Human Anatomy and Human Genetics at the University of Oxford. One of the disorders her group is studying is Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), one of 20 different types of muscular dystrophy. The dystrophin gene is located on the X chromosome, which is present in duplicate in women and as a single copy in men. This means that boys who inherit the disease will do so from a mother who carries one copy of the defective gene.

Wellcome Trust Appoints New Sanger Centre Director

Wellcome Trust Appoints New Sanger Centre Director

The Wellcome Trust has announced the appointment of Professor Allan Bradley as the new director of the Sanger Centre, the UK's leading genome sequencing facility.

Dr Sulston indicated his wish to step down as Sanger Centre director in 1999 and as a result, an international scientific search committee was convened to find his successor. The new Director, Professor Bradley, will lead the Centre in the post genomics era when scientists will use the sequence data to gain a better understanding of how genes and proteins work in the body.

Public Consortium Launches Final Phase of Human Genome Sequencing: 85 percent of Human Genome Sequence Assembled and Available to the Public

Public Consortium Launches Final Phase of Human Genome Sequencing: 85 percent of Human Genome Sequence Assembled and Available to the Public

The milestone marks the transition from the initial phase of generating a 'working draft' of the human DNA to the final phase of producing the complete 'finished' sequence.

Sixteen genome centres around the world from the United States and Europe to Japan and China will officially begin Phase Two of the Human Genome Project tomorrow, May 9 2000.

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