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The Human Genome Project – discovering the human blueprint

Useful Sites

The Human Genetic Code – The Human Genome Project and beyond (The Centre for Genetics Education, Australia)

Provides an overview of the Human Genome Project – its history, achievements to date, expected benefits and ethical issues.

About the Human Genome Project (National Human Genome Research Institute)

Includes an explanation of the Human Genome Project, the significance of the draft genome published in 2001, and a brief history of the project.

Human Genome Project Information (U.S. Department of Energy Genome Programs)

Contains information regarding all facets of the Human Genome Project, including ethical and social issues, medical applications, and educational resources.

The GEEE! in Genome (The Canadian Museum of Nature)

Provides information on the study of genetics and genomics and their applications in society, and includes a link to a list of classroom resources for teachers.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Human genome holds dark secrets (ABC Science, 15 February 2011)
Explores the complexity and how much there is still to learn about genetic diseases.

Japanese man joins growing genome ranks (ABC Science, 25 October 2010)
Reports on the seventh person to have their entire genome sequenced.

Scientists herald decade of human genome (ABC Science, 24 June 2010)
Discusses the scientific developments that have (and haven't) resulted from sequencing the human genome.

10 years since human genome sequenced (Science Show,1 May 2010)
A discussion with Craig Venter on the status of the human genome project.

Human DNA surprisingly diverse (News in Science, 23 November 2006)
Suggests that genetic diversity in humans lies in the number of copies of genes.

Neanderthal DNA shows we're quite separate (News in Science, 16 November 2006)
Sequencing reveals that Neanderthals are distant relatives of modern humans who interbred rarely, if at all, with our own immediate ancestors.

Sea urchins are part-human (ABC Science, 10 November 2006)
Discusses the similarity between human and sea urchins' genetic make-up.

Human Genome Project – legal and ethical implications (Science Show, 26 August 2006)
Discusses the plausibility of some of the scenarios relating to the use of genetic information.

Technology for reading human genomes (Science Show, 8 July 2006)
Describes the technology used to sequence the human genome and the information obtained from sequencing the DNA of Neanderthal organelles.

It’s over! Last chromosome sequenced (News in Science, 18 May 2006)
Announces the completion of the sequencing of human chromosome 1.

New DNA map shows variety is spice of life (News in Science, 27 October 2005)
Scientists have produced a ‘HapMap’ that reveals the genetic differences between individuals.

Global DNA (The Lab, 22 September 2005)
Describes the Genographic Project to collect genetic information from over 100,000 people and some of the culturally sensitive issues it raises.

Genius of junk DNA (Catalyst, 10 July 2003)
An interview with the Australians who hold the international patent on junk DNA.

The state of the genome 2001
From this site you can access information on 'The race', 'The findings', and 'The future'. Click on 'DNA for dummies' for a brief introduction to DNA, chromosomes and genes.

What is the human genome and why do we need to sequence it?
Dr Simon Foote explains what is meant by mapping the human genome, covering in very general terms the approaches that are used.

Human genome sequencing (The Science Show, 1 July 2000)
Discusses how, and when, the information gained from sequencing the human genome might be used.

Implications of the human genome project (7.30 Report, 14 June 2000)
Explains that mapping the human genome could help scientists develop ways to diagnose, prevent and treat human diseases.

A gene map of the human genome (US National Centre for Biotechnology)

Illustrates the genetic map for each of the human chromosomes. Several genes on each chromosome are illustrated with electron-micrographs or diagrams. There is a link to an article in Science, describing new mapping techniques in detail. A technical site.

Genetics home reference – your guide to understanding genetic conditions (National Institutes of Health, USA)

Provides information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes responsible for those conditions.

Human gene testing (Beyond Discovery, National Academy of Sciences, USA)

This article explores the trail of basic research (eg, discovery of the structure of DNA, breaking the code, and mapping the DNA to locate specific genes) that opened the door to gene testing. (A PDF file of the complete article is available.)

The human genome (Nature, UK)

This special web focus presents research papers that resulted from the Human Genome Project. You can access papers by chromosome (seven are available). There are also free feature articles on the human genome and genomics.

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Page updated December 2011.